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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons


by Ivan Turgenev

Fathers and Sons Admiration Quotes

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

Quote #1

"Natural science is his main subject. But he knows everything. Next year he wants to take a degree in medicine." (3.15)

Do you think that Arkady's description of Bazarov makes it likely that Nikolai will like him or not? Isn't there something sort of absurd about claiming that Bazarov "knows everything"? Wouldn't this make most people defensive? Does Nikolai seem to get defensive?

Quote #2

"But you haven't seen so much of the world for nothing: you understand people. You see through them with the eye of an eagle." (8.1)

What seems to be the basis for Nikolai's admiration of his brother? How are these same qualities in part responsible for Pavel's sadness? Does Nikolai seem to be aware of the fact that the admiration is not flowing equally both ways?

Quote #3

"The present condition of the people requires it," added Arkady pompously. "We are bound to carry out these requirements, we have no right to indulge in the gratification of our personal egoism."

This last sentence obviously did not please Bazarov: it smacked of philosophy, that is, of romanticism, for Bazarov considered philosophy synonymous with romanticism; but he did not judge it necessary to contradict his young disciple. (10.66-67)

How does Arkady give himself away? What we mean is, how does he give away the fact that he is not voicing his own opinions but those of another (Bazarov)? How does this bit capture the tense nature of the relationship between Bazarov and his disciple? Is it possible to tell someone what they are required to do without partaking in personal egoism?

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