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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

by Ivan Turgenev

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Quote #10

But are those prayers of theirs, those tears, all fruitless? Is their love, their hallowed selfless love, not omnipotent? Oh yes! However passionate, sinful and rebellious the heart hidden in the tomb, the flowers growing over it peep at us serenely with their innocent eyes; they speak to us not only of eternal peace, of the vast repose of "indifferent" nature: they tell us, too, of everlasting reconciliation and of life which has no end. (28.12)

The narrator here gives himself the last word over Bazarov's pessimistic viewpoint. Does he seem to be dismissing Bazarov? If this is the "message" to be transmitted by the story then why tell the story? Why do you think these are the last lines of the novel? Could they exist anywhere else in the novel?

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