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The Death of Ivan Ilych
by Leo Tolstoy
Peter Ivanovich Timeline and Summary
Peter Ivanovich meets with Shebek and Fedor Vasilievich in Shebek's office during a recess at the law courts. They learn of Ivan's death and funeral from the newspaper, and chat about it. Peter Ivanovich goes home and has dinner with his wife, then leaves for Ivan's house to attend the service there. Near the entrance Peter Ivanovich meets Schwartz, who indicates he'd like to set up the evening bridge game. Passing into the room where Ivan's corpse rests, Peter Ivanovich spends a little while with the deceased Ivan. This makes him very nervous. His nerves on end, Peter Ivanovich leaves the room to go find Schwartz again and let himself be perked up. They discuss bridge. Praskovya Fedorovna interrupts the conversation and asks Peter Ivanovich to go off with her to the drawing room for a chat. After telling Peter about Ivan's last days, she prods him to tell her how she can get more money out of the government now that she's a widow. Peter Ivanovich goes to the service, sits through it miserably, and then goes to the bridge game as soon as it's over. Later in the novella but earlier in time, Ivan visits Peter Ivanovich and goes with him to see a doctor.