Fathers and Sons | Study Guide

Ivan Turgenev

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Fathers and Sons | Chapter 28 | Summary

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Six months have passed. Newlyweds Arkady and Katya, and Nikolai and Fenitchka, join for a congenial dinner to bid farewell to Pavel who has decided to move from Maryino to Moscow. They drink a toast, and Katya whispers in Arkady's ear, "To the memory of Bazarov." The narrator then recounts what happens to each of the characters after the story ends: Madame Odintsov marries a "future leader of Russia" not for love, but for "good sense." Arkady takes over running Maryino and begins to turn a healthy profit. He and Katya have one son, little Nikolai, who spends his days playing with Mitya. Fenitchka and Katya become close friends. Pavel restarts his social life in Moscow and eventually moves to Germany. Sitnikov tours around Moscow continuing to preach Bazarov's nihilist beliefs. Vassily and Arina occasionally visit Bazarov's grave in the small village cemetery where he's buried.

Analysis

Pavel's near-death experience has given him a second chance at life. He realizes life is too short to abide by strict rules and expectations, so he returns to the social life he rejected after his heartbreak. Arkady, too, has undergone a significant transformation since the opening of the novel. He has separated completely from Bazarov's nihilistic views and returned to romance. He marries, appreciates nature with Katya, and takes over his father's farm. In a storybook ending, most characters in the novel live happily ever. Even Bazarov's parents, who in their grief visit his grave, are comforted by each other.

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