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The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych


by Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilych Happiness Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph). We used Alymer Maude's translation.

Quote #10

"So that's what it is!" he suddenly exclaimed aloud. "What joy!" (12.15)

Ivan finds real happiness in his last moments. Ivan's fear is gone. His pain isn't but he doesn't care about it. He's surrounded by light, and he seems to be feeling intense joy. Why is he happy? Where does the joy come from?

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