From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov


by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Brothers Karamazov Book 7, Chapter 2 Summary

An Opportune Moment

  • The narrator explains that Alyosha is feeling all kinds of conflicted emotions about his elder's death.
  • Rakitin comes across Alyosha in a pine grove between the hermitage and the monastery. He is lying face down on the ground.
  • Rakitin goads Alyosha about his feelings about Zosima's death (and the corpse's unseemly rotting). Alyosha dimly feels that he needs to remember something really important about Dmitri, but he can't remember what.
  • Finally Rakitin convinces Alyosha to peel himself off the ground and join him for a visit to Grushenka's.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...