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Captain Nikolai Ilyich Snegiryov in The Brothers Karamazov

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Captain Nikolai Ilyich Snegiryov

The impoverished Captain Snegiryov has the misfortune of getting into a fight with Dmitri at the town pub. Dmitri pulls him out of the pub and into the street by his beard. Even worse, Snegiryov's son, Ilyusha, is witness to his father's humiliation and cries after him in the street. Despite such humiliating episodes, Snegiryov lavishes his son with love, loyalty, and affection and fiercely defends his son's behavior to all. Snegiryov's marked devotion to his son starkly contrasts with Fyodor Karamazov's treatment of his.