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.
"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?