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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • That’s Rome, and not even the whole of Rome, it’s false—those are the worst of the Catholics, the Inquisitors, the Jesuits!
  • "My poem is called ’The Grand Inquisitor’; it’s a ridiculous thing, but I want to tell it to you."
  • I ask you why your Jesuits and Inquisitors have united simply for vile material gain?
  • There are cries, sobs, confusion among the people, and at that moment the cardinal himself, the Grand Inquisitor, passes by the cathedral.
  • The crowd instantly bows down to the earth, like one man, before the old Inquisitor.
  • In the pitch darkness the iron door of the prison is suddenly opened and the Grand Inquisitor himself comes in with a light in his hand.
  • And there could not be such a fantastic creature as your Inquisitor.
  • Your suffering Inquisitor is a mere fantasy.
  • When the Inquisitor ceased speaking he waited some time for his Prisoner to answer him.
  • You see, only suppose that there was one such man among all those who desire nothing but filthy material gain—if there’s only one like my old Inquisitor, who had himself eaten roots in the desert and made frenzied efforts to subdue his flesh to make himself free and perfect.
  • "I forbid you to speak of The Grand Inquisitor," cried Ivan, crimson with shame.
  • He came down to the ’hot pavements’ of the southern town in which on the day before almost a hundred heretics had, ad majorem gloriam Dei, been burnt by the cardinal, the Grand Inquisitor, in a magnificent auto da fe, in the presence of the king, the court, the knights, the cardinals, the most charming ladies of the court, and the whole population of Seville.
  • My dear fellow, I know a most charming and attractive young Russian gentleman, a young thinker and a great lover of literature and art, the author of a promising poem entitled The Grand Inquisitor.
  • Chapter V. The Grand Inquisitor "Even this must have a preface—that is, a literary preface," laughed Ivan, "and I am a poor hand at making one.
  • Your Inquisitor does not believe in God, that’s his secret!"

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  • 15th century inquisitors were on the lookout for witches.
  • Though he didn’t think they had the right to demand his testimony, he was polite to his inquisitors.

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