Study Guide

The Brothers Karamazov Book 10, Chapter 3

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Book 10, Chapter 3

A Schoolboy

  • Kolya steps out onto the market square and whistles for Smurov, a boy a couple years younger than him. Together they head through the square to visit Ilyusha.
  • It seems that since the rock throwing incident, Ilyusha has taken seriously ill. Moreover, he keeps calling for a dog named Zhuchka, which no one has been able to find. Since the incident, his classmates have started visiting him regularly, along with Alyosha Karamazov.
  • Although Ilyusha has dearly wanted to see Kolya, Kolya has refused to visit him for the entire month until now.
  • As the two boys cross the square, Kolya baits the peasants who are out selling their wares.
  • Finally they arrive at Ilyusha's, but Kolya asks Smurov to go in and ask Alyosha to meet him outside

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