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Holiness is Being a Vagabond: Reflections on Tolstoy’s “Father Sergius”

And into their company of boys Pashenka is brought and they have to play with her, but it is dull. He asked an old man who had been a soldier how he tramped: He felt a rush of blood to his head and first went pale and then suddenly flushed. The Emperor had often visited the Military College and every time Kasatsky saw that tall erect figure, with breast expanded in its military overcoat, entering with brisk step, saw the cropped side-whiskers, the moustache, the aquiline nose, and heard the sonorous voice exchanging greetings with the cadets, he was seized by the same rapture that he experienced later on when he met the woman he loved.

And Kasatsky wished to belong to that inner circle. Simply click on the button below and follow the instructions. Pray that God may forgive us! He could not fail to believe in the miracles he himself witnessed, beginning with the sick boy and ending with the old woman who had recovered her sight when he had prayed for her.

Praskovya Mikhaylovna rubbed her thin elbows against one another, wiped her hands on her apron and went upstairs to get a five-kopek piece [about a penny] out of her purse for him, but remembering that she had nothing less than a ten-kopek piece she decided to give him some bread instead.

Apart from his main vocation, which was the service of his Tsar and the fatherland, he always set himself some particular aim, and however unimportant it was, devoted himself completely to it and lived for it until it was accomplished. On another occasion he came almost completely to grief by flinging a whole dish of cutlets at an officer who was acting as steward, attacking him and, it was said, striking him for having broken his word and told a barefaced lie.


How you have humbled yourself, Father! But there was no one to pray to. He had previously experienced a great consolation and spiritual exaltation when receiving communion, and now when he himself officiated, the performance of the preparation filled him with ecstatic and deep emotion.

And again he felt afraid, and again, to escape from that thought, he went on thinking about Pashenka. He bowed again to the Abbot and said:.

The company consisted of two lawyers, a wealthy landowner, an officer, and four ladies. And fater asked himself whether he loved anyone, whether he loved Sofya Ivanovna, or Father Seraphim, whether he had any feeling of love for all cather had come to him that day — for that learned young man with whom he had had that instructive discussion in which he was concerned only to show off his own intelligence and that he had not lagged behind the times in knowledge.

Kasatsky himself strongly desired it, not from ambition only but chiefly because since his cadet days he had been passionately devoted to Nicholas Pavlovich.

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It is that I have loved before. This happened at a night-refuge in a provincial town where he had passed the night with some pilgrims. Wergius was a time when he decided to go away and hide.

She did not go out during the day, being afraid of the light, and could only come leoo sunset. For eight months Kasatsky tramped on in this manner, and in the ninth month he was arrested for not having a passport. People began to come to him from a distance, sergis began bringing invalids to him whom they declared he cured.

It all came about from our starting from town for a sledge-drive, and my making a bet that I would walk back by myself from the Vorobevka to the town. So it was now. But he learns from her, because this is the new tolstou which will rightfully come to define him: He did so, and took leave of the starets and moved to the other monastery.

Masha fell in love with Vanya, my son-inlaw.

At first he was in doubt, but afterwards this indecision passed. And taking down the little lamp, he lit a candle, and bowing low to her went into the small cell beyond the partition, and she heard him begin to move something about there.


That occurrence soon became generally known — her nocturnal visit, the change she underwent, and her entry into a convent. She looked at the tiny watch that hung round her neck.

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What am I doing? It seemed to him now that he had been humble then when he had always seemed loathsome to himself on account of his sinfulness; and when he remembered the tender feelings with which he had then met an old man who was bringing a drunken soldier to him to ask alms; and how he had received HER, it seemed to him that he had then possessed love also.

The cockchafers flew clumsily about, falling to the ground when they collided tollstoy anything. He would have regarded such a thought as a great sin of pride; but the mother who brought the boy implored him insistently, falling at his feet and saying: A carriage drives up, and out of it steps Uncle Nicholas Sergeevich, with his long, spade-shaped, black beard, and with him Pashenka, a thin little girl with large mild eyes and a timid pathetic face.

Pashenka is what I ought to have been but failed to be. Next day he applied both for furlough and his discharge, and professing to be ill, so fatber to see no one, he went away to the country. Nature — the nightingales and the cockchafers — is that bar. But one thing more. All the cadets were as usual greatly moved, and Kasatsky even shed tears, remembering the past, and vowed that he would serve his beloved Tsar with all his soul.

Once he was walking along with two old women and a soldier.

The only thing is that I know how bad I am. The widow herself, with her daughter, Varvara, moved to Petersburg to be near xergius son and have him with her for the holidays. You are thinking about saving your soul and are letting me freeze to death.