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As the action of the novel begins, Alyosha returns to his father's house and meets his brothers. He  and Dmitri rapidly become good friends, but he feels puzzled by Ivan's reserve and intellectuality. As  for his father, Alyosha openly loves him; he has never criticized or condemned his father's way of life.  Alyosha has always been generous and forgiving, thus it was that Karamazov was not surprised  when Alyosha first told him that he wanted to become a monk, the disciple of the renowned elder,  Zossima. In those days, incidentally, an elder was often controversial. "An elder," it was said, "was  one who took your soul, your will, into his soul and his will." But elder, by also setting exemplary  models of holiness in their own lives, often attracted large numbers of followers. The Karamazovs are reunited, and the reason for their reunion deeply concerns Alyosha. The 
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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