In these stories, Dostoevsky explores both the figure of the dreamer White Nights; A Gentle Creature; The Dream of a Ridiculous Man. A Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This little book, translated by Alan Myers, collects three of. This volume contains Dostoevsky’s short story “The Meek One: A Fantastic Story” aka “A Gentle Creature: A Fantastic Story”. It was translated by Ronald Mayer in.

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Once the shopkeeper proposed marriage to the girl, the narrator countered with his own proposal. She does not shoot, and the gemtle buys her a separate bed that day. What need have I now of your laws? I love Russian literature. His chief ambition is to become rich. The narrator slowly develops an interest in the girl. It concerns a pawnbroker unnamed throughout the story who marries one of his genttle frequent customers. His conclusions are ridiculous, but the self-centered, pride-centered reasoning by which he reaches those conclusions sounds uncomfortably familiar.

The Gentle Spirit by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The story, then, is narrated by the pawnbroker as he tries to make sense of all that happened. The Gentle Spirit is very short – longer than a short story, but barely long enough to be called a nove Dostoevsky is one of my favourite writers.

Obviously, it all ends in tragedy. It upsets the equilibrium and poses a threat to her independence. He quotes approvingly lines from Pushkin’s Covetous Knighthe aspires to a “simple life” of independence and solitude after he reaches his goal. His wife had adjusted to the loveless marriage, and when he overwhelmed her with the revelation of his love, it was a shock she was unable to survive.


The narrator proceeds to make an attempt to relate the story to the reader in an effort to make sense of the situation. But he falls asleep instead and dreams of an alien planet where human beings exist in a prelapsarian state, perfectly innocent, creaturr and beautiful, without lies or oppression or violence.

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He does not put her in “due condition. Concluding this creaturs he says: Nevertheless nowhere in the text do we see that his intentions were evil or manipulative. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. I bookmarked it and I plan to get to it soon.

He reminds me of several of Dostoyevsky’s materialist characters. Literary Heritagevol. Dostoyevsky spent four years in hard labor and four years as a soldier in Semipalatinsk, a city in gentlf it is today Kazakhstan. The Notebooks to The Idiotedited and with an introduction by E. Soltanto uomini soli, e intorno a loro regna il silenzio: Petersburg by quoting the concluding line: He is cold and distant with her, not wanting to get too attached until she has proven herself.

Solo lui rende banale, super-interpretativa ogni spiegazione. His other important feature is the “need to trust which lurks under the hostile, insulting distrust-fulness.

Book Review: “A Gentle Spirit” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

This is quite out of usual reading genre, but Dostoyevsky has some appeal, and I have a copy of Dostoevsmy and Punishment lined up for the future, so I thought I would polish off this short story in the meantime.

This all-or-nothing kind of man wanted her to find gentls who he was, all by herself. Avresti raccontato tutto soltanto a me, come a un amico: Fyodor Dostoevsky ‘s ” A Gentle Creature ” After the introduction of this convention in the preface, the story is then developed in an utterly realistic manner.


At times, he seems to be trying to save face with the officers, trying diligently to avoid saying anything that might implicate him, while at other times, he pours his heart out, telling the officers everything about his late wife and how he felt about her. The story of just such a friendship is told by the Underground Man: The man offered her creatuee marriage proposal after considering her situation.

She is young, inexperienced, in dire straights, but in contrast to him she is a normal human being, not a subterranean creature. Bakhtin, Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poeticstranslated by R. Dostoevsky’s reaction to this tragedy was a short comment in the October issue of The Diary of a Writer.

The Sheila Variations I cannot live without books. The University of Adelaide Genre: Email required Address never made public. But was she really subdued? This is an interesting story on the subject of marriage which Dostoevsky wrote after the death of his first wife. This attempt — half-hearted in the beginning — leads finally to the grasping of his wife’s tragedy.

For the film, see A Gentle Creature film. I may use some spoilers in the analysis, as it is a short story, and because I become gente long-winded when discussing one of the greatest writers of all time. Maybe if they talked about it….?? They traveled abroad and returned in There’s noone – that’s the awful thing!

Even in a character as strange and outlandish as the pawnbroker, there are times where he seems, in an odd way, almost relatable: