Father Zossima is propped in bed

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Father Zossima is propped in bed, surrounded by his friends and followers, when Alyosha returns to  the monastery. The elder is weak but is still quite alert and eager to talk with his audience. He greets  Alyosha affectionately and asks about Dmitri; he says that the bow made to him was an  acknowledgment of the intense suffering he foresees for the boy. Alyosha, however, he says, has  quite a different future, and again he counsels the young monk to return to the world to look after his  brothers. In this way, he says, Alyosha will learn to love all of life, to bless life, and to teach those who  suffer to love and bless life. These pleas to Alyosha are Father Zossima's last requests. Now he tells all assembled the reasons  why Alyosha is so very special to him. Once, the elder says, he had an older brother who influenced  him tremendously. Alyosha bears a particularly strong resemblance to that brother — physically and 
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