Fathers and Sons | Study Guide

Ivan Turgenev

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Fathers and Sons | Chapter 11 | Summary



Lamenting the clear distance between him and his son, Nikolai recalls his vain attempts to stay current on philosophical advances so he could maintain his relationship with his son and now realizes they mean little. As he looks around his garden, Nikolai feels overwhelmed by the beauty of nature but stops himself from quoting poetry, as he would have done before meeting Bazarov. The emotion conjures romantic memories of when he first met Masha, but Fenitchka's sudden presence jars him from his daydream.

Meanwhile Bazarov and Arkady decide to accept the invitation from Arkady's well-connected uncle, Matvy Ilyich Kolyazin. Bazarov is leaving Marino to visit his parents, and a visit with Matvy is on the way there.


This short chapter shows the extent of Bazarov's influence at Maryino. Bazarov holds strong views about art's unimportance and judges harshly anyone who verbalizes an appreciation for beauty. When returning from university Arkady refrained, with difficulty, from remarking on the beauty of his hometown or the nostalgia of returning there, both of which he felt strongly, because he didn't want to disappoint Bazarov. He thus rejects romantic ideas, such as the beauty of nature, in the hope of being closer to Bazarov, thinking it "a duty to conceal his feelings. He was not a nihilist for nothing!"

This suppression creates a knockdown effect on Nikolai, another lover of natural beauty. In the garden he stops himself from quoting poetry because, even though he's alone, he worries how it would affect his relationship with Arkady. He, too, is now rejecting romantic ideas in the hopes of being closer to Arkady.

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