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  • And this was terrible, for their words had great influence on young monks who were not yet firm in their convictions.
  • In the evening of the same day he got drunk and abused the monks to Alyosha.
  • So you want to be a monk?
  • "That is the most honest monk among them, of course," he observed, after listening in thoughtful silence to Alyosha, and seeming scarcely surprised at his request.
  • Not long after visiting his mother’s grave Alyosha suddenly announced that he wanted to enter the monastery, and that the monks were willing to receive him as a novice.
  • Do you know that near one monastery there’s a place outside the town where every baby knows there are none but ’the monks’ wives’ living, as they are called.
  • Well, there’s nothing of that sort here, no ’monks’ wives,’ and two hundred monks.
  • The monk, overwhelmed with sorrow, went to the OEcumenical Patriarch at Constantinople and besought him to release him from his obedience.
  • Well, there’s nothing of that sort here, no ’monks’ wives,’ and two hundred monks.
  • When you’ve lived with the monks you’ll sing a different tune.
  • The monks used to say that he was more drawn to those who were more sinful, and the greater the sinner the more he loved him.
  • The two monks rose and greeted him with a very deep bow, touching the ground with their fingers; then kissed his hand.
  • But when he saw all this bowing and kissing on the part of the monks he instantly changed his mind.
  • The monks sat, one at the door and the other at the window.
  • Ivan and the two monks took the leading share in it.
  • The monks looked austere but waited for guidance from the elder.
  • "Listen, listen, monks, to the parricide!" cried Fyodor Pavlovitch, rushing up to Father Iosif.
  • That ’creature,’ that ’woman of loose behavior’ is perhaps holier than you are yourselves, you monks who are seeking salvation!
  • Yes, it was for such, monks, it was!
  • Only the monks went up to him again for a blessing.
  • "The monks were not to blame, in any case," he reflected, on the steps.
  • Father monks, why do you fast?
  • I’m sorry I didn’t stay to dinner at the Superior’s and tell the monks about the girls at Mokroe.
  • I’d make an end of your monks, though, all the same.
  • The monks assembled and the cell was gradually filled up by the inmates of the hermitage.
  • For monks are not a special sort of men, but only what all men ought to be.
  • When Alyosha happened for a moment to leave the cell, he was struck by the general excitement and suspense in the monks who were crowding about it.
  • Their suspense was, from one point of view, almost frivolous, but even the most austere of the monks were affected by it.
  • But Alyosha had no need to tell the monks, for all knew of it already.
  • "We shall see greater things, greater things yet!" the monks around repeated.
  • In our monasteries the monks busied themselves in translating, copying, and even composing such poems—and even under the Tatars.
  • But his incoherent talk was cut short by a very pale, wan-looking monk of medium height, wearing a monk’s cap, who overtook them.
  • But his incoherent talk was cut short by a very pale, wan-looking monk of medium height, wearing a monk’s cap, who overtook them.
  • "No, it is my duty now to conduct you to the elder," answered the monk.
  • He had begun talking to a monk who, as mentioned before, had been awaiting his entrance by Lise’s chair.
  • He was evidently a monk of the humblest, that is of the peasant, class, of a narrow outlook, but a true believer, and, in his own way, a stubborn one.
  • "How can you presume to do such deeds?" the monk asked suddenly, pointing solemnly and significantly at Lise.
  • "Perfectly true," Father Paissy, the silent and learned monk, assented with fervor and decision.
  • "That monk," that is, the monk who had invited them to dine with the Superior, did not keep them waiting.
  • "That monk," that is, the monk who had invited them to dine with the Superior, did not keep them waiting.
  • The monk listened in silence.
  • And the longer the monk lives in his seclusion, the more keenly he must recognize that.
  • This knowledge is the crown of life for the monk and for every man.
  • Alyosha was mysteriously summoned by a monk to see Rakitin, who had arrived from town with a singular letter for him from Madame Hohlakov.
  • He was not a priest, but a simple monk.
  • The monk, as he related afterwards, approached in the utmost apprehension.
  • The monk from Obdorsk bowed down before the saint and asked his blessing.
  • "Do you want me to bow down to you, monk?" said Father Ferapont.
  • What most struck the poor monk was the fact that in spite of his strict fasting and great age, Father Ferapont still looked a vigorous old man.
  • "Mushrooms?" repeated the surprised monk.
  • "Och, true," sighed the monk.
  • "You—can see spirits?" the monk inquired.
  • You want to know too much, monk.
  • "Terrible are your words, most holy and blessed Father," the monk shook his head.
  • "What sort of shape?" inquired the monk, after a pause of vain expectation.
  • No one seemed more impressed by it than the monk who had come the day before from St. Sylvester, from the little monastery of Obdorsk in the far North.
  • He announced that he had come from the far north, from Obdorsk, from Saint Sylvester, and was a member of a poor monastery, consisting of only ten monks.
  • You, a monk, told a lie!
  • The monks, with unchanged countenances, waited, with earnest attention, to hear what the elder would say, but seemed on the point of standing up, like Miuesov.
  • You’re a pretty monk!
  • "Unfortunately I feel myself compelled to go to this confounded dinner," said Miuesov with the same irritability, regardless of the fact that the monk was listening.
  • Besides, it will be more seemly for you with the monks than here with me, with a drunken old man and young harlots . though you’re like an angel, nothing touches you.
  • The monk hesitated.
  • Me a monk, a monk!
  • Me a monk, a monk!
  • Am I a monk, Lise?
  • A fine smile, not without a certain slyness, came on to the pale, bloodless lips of the monk, but he made no reply, and was evidently silent from a sense of his own dignity.
  • The monk from Obdorsk, having been directed to the apiary by the beekeeper, who was also a very silent and surly monk, went to the corner where Father Ferapont’s cell stood.
  • The monk from Obdorsk, having been directed to the apiary by the beekeeper, who was also a very silent and surly monk, went to the corner where Father Ferapont’s cell stood.
  • "From the little Obdorsk monastery, from St. Sylvester," the monk answered humbly, whilst his keen and inquisitive, but rather frightened little eyes kept watch on the hermit.
  • The monk got up.
  • People said that some of the monks agreed beforehand, saying, "I’ll confess I lost my temper with you this morning, and you confirm it," simply in order to have something to say.
  • He is not dressed in his gorgeous cardinal’s robes, as he was the day before, when he was burning the enemies of the Roman Church—at this moment he is wearing his coarse, old, monk’s cassock.
  • Rakitin, of course, was a person of too little consequence to be invited to the dinner, to which Father Iosif, Father Paissy, and one other monk were the only inmates of the monastery invited.
  • What made him formidable was that a number of monks fully shared his feeling, and many of the visitors looked upon him as a great saint and ascetic, although they had no doubt that he was crazy.
  • As Alyosha left the monastery and thought them over, he suddenly realized that he had met a new and unexpected friend, a warmly loving teacher, in this austere monk who had hitherto treated him sternly.
  • There were already in the cell, awaiting the elder, two monks of the hermitage, one the Father Librarian, and the other Father Paissy, a very learned man, so they said, in delicate health, though not old.
  • Though the monk returned to the cell he was sharing with one of the brothers, in considerable perplexity of mind, he still cherished at heart a greater reverence for Father Ferapont than for Father Zossima.
  • As a rule every evening after service the monks flocked into Father Zossima’s cell, and all confessed aloud their sins of the day, their sinful thoughts and temptations; even their disputes, if there had been any.
  • Not to speak of Dante, in France, clerks, as well as the monks in the monasteries, used to give regular performances in which the Madonna, the saints, the angels, Christ, and God himself were brought on the stage.
  • The mother was sitting on a chair by the side of her daughter’s invalid carriage, and two paces from her stood an old monk, not one of our monastery, but a visitor from an obscure religious house in the far north.
  • He knew, too, that there were among the monks some who deeply resented the fact that letters from relations were habitually taken to the elder, to be opened and read by him before those to whom they were addressed.
  • As the monk had given the message to Father Paissy before that to Alyosha, the latter found after reading the letter, there was nothing left for him to do but to hand it to Father Paissy in confirmation of the story.
  • No, saintly monk, you try being virtuous in the world, do good to society, without shutting yourself up in a monastery at other people’s expense, and without expecting a reward up aloft for it—you’ll find that a bit harder.
  • But what is that compared with you, holy Father," added the monk, growing more confident, "for all the year round, even at Easter, you take nothing but bread and water, and what we should eat in two days lasts you full seven.
  • A monk was suddenly commanded by his elder to quit Athos, which he loved as a sacred place and a haven of refuge, and to go first to Jerusalem to do homage to the Holy Places and then to go to the north to Siberia: "There is the place for thee and not here."
  • Alyosha remembered afterwards how their inquisitive guest from Obdorsk had been continually flitting to and fro from one group to another, listening and asking questions among the monks that were crowding within and without the elder’s cell.
  • This Father Ferapont was that aged monk so devout in fasting and observing silence who has been mentioned already, as antagonistic to Father Zossima and the whole institution of "elders," which he regarded as a pernicious and frivolous innovation.
  • The monks, who had gathered for this probably last conversation with Father Zossima, had all been his devoted friends for many years.
  • It is true, alas, it is true, that there are many sluggards, gluttons, profligates and insolent beggars among monks.
  • And yet how many meek and humble monks there are, yearning for solitude and fervent prayer in peace!
  • That’s your duty as monks, for the peasant has God in his heart.
  • There must be no more of this, monks, no more torturing of children, rise up and preach that, make haste, make haste!
  • As is well known, the bodies of dead monks and hermits are not washed.
  • It was decided to leave the coffin all day in the cell, in the larger room in which the elder used to receive his visitors and fellow monks.
  • As the deceased was a priest and monk of the strictest rule, the Gospel, not the Psalter, had to be read over his body by monks in holy orders.
  • When he came across any of the monks who displayed this excitement, Father Paissy began to reprove them.
  • As soon as signs of decomposition had begun to appear, the whole aspect of the monks betrayed their secret motives in entering the cell.
  • They went in, stayed a little while and hastened out to confirm the news to the crowd of other monks waiting outside.
  • But he only repeated aloud what the monks had long been whispering.
  • "That’s all pedantry and innovation, no use listening to it," the monks decided.
  • Little by little, all the sensible monks were reduced to silence like Father Iosif.
  • Behind him there could be seen accompanying him a crowd of monks, together with many people from the town.
  • One of the monks was haunted in his dreams and, later on, in waking moments, by visions of evil spirits.
  • The fourth, Father Anfim, was a very old and humble little monk of the poorest peasant class.
  • This is what I think of you, you will go forth from these walls, but will live like a monk in the world.
  • For had he not come into my life, I should never perhaps, so I fancy at least, have become a monk and entered on this precious path.
  • —— Notes of the Life of the deceased Priest and Monk, the Elder Zossima, taken from his own words by Alexey Fyodorovitch Karamazov.
  • The Duel _(c) Recollections of Father Zossima’s Youth before he became a Monk.
  • "You should have told us of that first, that explains everything, we can’t judge a monk."
  • "Ah, you monk," they would say.
  • Conversations And Exhortations Of Father Zossima (e) The Russian Monk and his possible Significance Fathers and teachers, what is the monk?
  • Conversations And Exhortations Of Father Zossima (e) The Russian Monk and his possible Significance Fathers and teachers, what is the monk?
  • That is my view of the monk, and is it false? is it too proud?
  • And the Russian monk has always been on the side of the people.
  • As the deceased was a priest and monk of the strictest rule, the Gospel, not the Psalter, had to be read over his body by monks in holy orders.
  • The monk from Obdorsk was conspicuous as the most fussy in the excited crowd.
  • One such, whose memory was particularly cherished, was an old monk, Job, who had died seventy years before at the age of a hundred and five.
  • The monk from Obdorsk heard all this attentively, heaving deep sighs and nodding his head.
  • Standing in the doorway, Father Ferapont raised his arms, and under his right arm the keen inquisitive little eyes of the monk from Obdorsk peeped in.
  • In the reverend Father Zossima’s cell he was carried away by the unhappy dissension with his son, and let fall words which were quite out of keeping . in fact, quite unseemly . as"—he glanced at the monks—"your reverence is, no doubt, already aware.
  • I am only a humble monk.
  • Seeing this, the opponents of the elders declared that the sacrament of confession was being arbitrarily and frivolously degraded, though the continual opening of the heart to the elder by the monk or the layman had nothing of the character of the sacrament.
  • And how surprised men would be if I were to say that from these meek monks, who yearn for solitary prayer, the salvation of Russia will come perhaps once more!
  • And now no one reproached them for it, no one raised his voice in protest, which was strange, for the majority of the monks had been devoted to the dead elder.
  • "Monk in silk trousers!" cried the boy, following Alyosha with the same vindictive and defiant expression, and he threw himself into an attitude of defense, feeling sure that now Alyosha would fall upon him; but Alyosha turned, looked at him, and walked away.
  • The Russian Monk Chapter I. Father Zossima And His Visitors When with an anxious and aching heart Alyosha went into his elder’s cell, he stood still almost astonished.
  • Afterwards, even many years afterwards, some sensible monks were amazed and horrified, when they recalled that day, that the scandal could have reached such proportions.
  • In the cultivated world the word is nowadays pronounced by some people with a jeer, and by others it is used as a term of abuse, and this contempt for the monk is growing.
  • It may well be supposed that among the first to run to him with the news was the monk from Obdorsk, who had visited him the evening before and left his cell terror-stricken.
  • Rakitin had commissioned the monk who brought his message "to inform most respectfully his reverence Father Paissy, that he, Rakitin, has a matter to speak of with him, of such gravity that he dare not defer it for a moment, and humbly begs forgiveness for his presumption."
  • The monk is reproached for his solitude, "You have secluded yourself within the walls of the monastery for your own salvation, and have forgotten the brotherly service of humanity!"
  • "No," they would say, "he is a brave fellow, he faced fire and could have fired his own pistol too, but he had a dream the night before that he should become a monk, that’s why he did it."
  • And among these were some of the oldest monks, strictest in their devotion, genuine ascetics, who had kept silent during the life of the deceased elder, but now suddenly unsealed their lips.
  • The nearest friends of the deceased and those whose duty it was from their position began to lay out the corpse according to the ancient ritual, and all the monks gathered together in the church.
  • And he had no sooner thought of him than he at once noticed him in the farthest corner of the hermitage garden, sitting on the tombstone of a monk who had been famous long ago for his saintliness.
  • "And for what reason can this have happened," some of the monks said, at first with a show of regret; "he had a small frame and his flesh was dried up on his bones, what was there to decay?"
  • Even had there been no miracles, had there been nothing marvelous to justify his hopes, why this indignity, why this humiliation, why this premature decay, "in excess of nature," as the spiteful monks said?
  • In the crowd in the dead man’s cell he noticed with inward aversion (for which he immediately reproached himself) the presence of Rakitin and of the monk from Obdorsk, who was still staying in the monastery.
  • There were, no doubt, up to the end of his life, among the monks some who hated and envied him, but they were few in number and they were silent, though among them were some of great dignity in the monastery, one, for instance, of the older monks distinguished for his strict keeping of fasts and vows of silence.
  • There were, no doubt, up to the end of his life, among the monks some who hated and envied him, but they were few in number and they were silent, though among them were some of great dignity in the monastery, one, for instance, of the older monks distinguished for his strict keeping of fasts and vows of silence.
  • This fact was regarded by the monks as touching and mysterious, and the tradition of it was cherished as something blessed and miraculous, and as a promise, by God’s grace, of still greater glory from their tombs in the future.
  • It is my private opinion that several different causes were simultaneously at work, one of which was the deeply-rooted hostility to the institution of elders as a pernicious innovation, an antipathy hidden deep in the hearts of many of the monks.
  • He used to come and see him in the monastery and discussed for hours together with him and with the monks.
  • One paper had even stated that he had gone into a monastery and become a monk, in horror at his brother’s crime.
  • I called you a monk just now.
  • He’s not going to be a monk.
  • He clung to the monastery, and was within an ace of becoming a monk.
  • In all the past history of our monastery, no such scandal could be recalled, and in no other circumstances could such a scandal have been possible, as showed itself in unseemly disorder immediately after this discovery among the very monks themselves.
  • That was very long ago, forty years before, when Father Zossima first began his life as a monk in a poor and little monastery at Kostroma, and when, shortly after, he had accompanied Father Anfim on his pilgrimage to collect alms for their poor monastery.
  • And you a monk, too!
  • For in the past, monks of very holy life had died, God-fearing old men, whose saintliness was acknowledged by all, yet from their humble coffins, too, the breath of corruption had come, naturally, as from all dead bodies, but that had caused no scandal nor even the slightest excitement.
  • But this subject will be treated in the next book; I will only add here that before a day had passed something happened so unexpected, so strange, upsetting, and bewildering in its effect on the monks and the townspeople, that after all these years, that day of general suspense is still vividly remembered in the town.
  • In the words of the Church Ritual: "If any one of the monks depart in the Lord, the monk designated (that is, whose office it is) shall wipe the body with warm water, making first the sign of the cross with a sponge on the forehead of the deceased, on the breast, on the hands and feet and on the knees, and that is enough."
  • In the words of the Church Ritual: "If any one of the monks depart in the Lord, the monk designated (that is, whose office it is) shall wipe the body with warm water, making first the sign of the cross with a sponge on the forehead of the deceased, on the breast, on the hands and feet and on the knees, and that is enough."
  • But by three o’clock those signs had become so clear and unmistakable, that the news swiftly reached all the monks and visitors in the hermitage, promptly penetrated to the monastery, throwing all the monks into amazement, and finally, in the shortest possible time, spread to the town, exciting every one in it, believers and unbelievers alike.
  • But by three o’clock those signs had become so clear and unmistakable, that the news swiftly reached all the monks and visitors in the hermitage, promptly penetrated to the monastery, throwing all the monks into amazement, and finally, in the shortest possible time, spread to the town, exciting every one in it, believers and unbelievers alike.
  • He was so good as to express the opinion that, if I don’t go in for the career of an archimandrite in the immediate future and don’t become a monk, I shall be sure to go to Petersburg and get on to some solid magazine as a reviewer, that I shall write for the next ten years, and in the end become the owner of the magazine, and bring it out on the liberal and atheistic side, with a socialistic tinge, with a tiny gloss of socialism, but keeping a sharp look out all the time, that is,
  • Father Paissy desired later on to read the Gospel all day and night over his dead friend, but for the present he, as well as the Father Superintendent of the Hermitage, was very busy and occupied, for something extraordinary, an unheard-of, even "unseemly" excitement and impatient expectation began to be apparent in the monks, and the visitors from the monastery hostels, and the crowds of people flocking from the town.
  • What’s this?" voices were heard in the group of monks.
  • Thank the Father Superior," he said to the monk.
  • But as you please—" the monk hesitated.
  • You see what a man he is"—he turned to the monk—"I’m afraid to go among decent people with him."
  • But I did hear that the elder receives ladies," he remarked suddenly to the monk.
  • He never thrashed any one," answered the monk.
  • Visit me, Father," he added to the monk.
  • Among whom?" asked the monk, timidly.
  • "It’s a monk come to beg for the monastery.
  • The monk, with an extremely courteous, profound bow, announced: "The Father Superior invites all of you gentlemen to dine with him after your visit to the hermitage.
  • Where’s that monk?"
  • But, holy and blessed Father," said the monk, growing bolder and bolder, "is it true, as they noise abroad even to distant lands about you, that you are in continual communication with the Holy Ghost?"
  • If they had insisted, the monks would have said, "He is holier than all of us and he follows a rule harder than ours.
  • Is it for a monk of strict rule to drink tea?" could be heard among some of the envious.
  • Agrafena Alexandrovna, our monk’s really in love with you, you’ve made a conquest!" he cried, with a coarse laugh.
  • Convey my deepest respect to the Father Superior, apologize for me, personally, Miuesov, to his reverence, telling him that I deeply regret that owing to unforeseen circumstances I am unable to have the honor of being present at his table, greatly as I should desire to do so," Miuesov said irritably to the monk.
  • (she crossed herself)—"I look upon you as a monk, though you look charming in your new suit.
  • "That’s what your monk taught you.
  • Yet the older and more experienced of the monks adhered to their opinion, arguing that "for those who have come within these walls sincerely seeking salvation, such obedience and sacrifice will certainly be salutary and of great benefit; those, on the other hand, who find it irksome, and repine, are no true monks, and have made a mistake in entering the monastery—their proper place is in the world.
  • Yet the older and more experienced of the monks adhered to their opinion, arguing that "for those who have come within these walls sincerely seeking salvation, such obedience and sacrifice will certainly be salutary and of great benefit; those, on the other hand, who find it irksome, and repine, are no true monks, and have made a mistake in entering the monastery—their proper place is in the world.
  • The monks in the monastery probably believe that there’s a ceiling in hell, for instance.

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