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In Chapter 2, Dostoevsky tells us that Dmitri "was the only one of Fyodor Pavlovitch's three sons who  grew up in the belief that he had property and that he would be independent on coming of age." This  idea is established early in the novel because it becomes the source of the antagonism existing  between father and son. Dostoevsky carefully avoids making a direct statement about the full extent  to which the father has cheated his son, but by the manner in which he arranges his descriptions of  the father, we can assume that Fyodor has indeed cheated Dmitri out of a major portion of the  inheritance. It is also noteworthy that, of the three sons, Dmitri is the only one whom the father  intensely dislikes. This is easily explained: the other two sons make no financial demands upon the  father; only Dmitri insists upon having his inheritance.
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