The events of the night have been unnerving

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The events of the night have been unnerving. Back at the monastery, Alyosha receives more bad  news: Zossima's condition has worsened; he has only a short time to live. Deeply saddened by his  family's sorrows, Alyosha nevertheless decides to remain close to the elder, for this man is also his  father. Having made his decision, he begins to prepare for bed, and then remembers Lise's letter and  reads it. It is a love letter; she says that she loves Alyosha very much and hopes to marry him when  she is old enough. She apologizes sincerely for making fun of the young priest and implores him to  come visit her. Dostoevsky carefully details in this book the special sort of characterization needed for the enigmatic  Smerdyakov, the son who will murder Karamazov. We learn, for example, that he "seemed to  despise everybody," including his real father and also his foster father. It is clear that he could 
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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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