My Reaction to The Brothers Karamazov–Part 8: The Sufferings of a Soul

Yet another Valentine’s Day post…

Dmitri broke off his engagement with his ex-fiancee Katerina because he had fallen in love with Grushenka, a disreputable woman in the community. But Fyodor Karamazov had designs on Grushenka as well, and this provoked Dmitri to hate and threaten murder against him. As it turned out, Grushenka loved neither of them. She loved a Polish officer named Mussyalovitch who had been engaged to her several years ago and broken off the engagement for no apparent reason, and she was expecting him to return and send for her at any time. On the night of Fyodor Karamazov’s murder, Mussyalovitch went to Mokroe, a nearby village about twenty miles away. He sent for Grushenka, and Grushenka went to him. When Dmitri found out about this, he intended to go to Mokroe too, to throw them a lavish party in honor of their future happiness together, and then blow his brains out the next morning.

But a funny thing happened that night. Mussyalovitch and his friend who was with him that night behaved like total jerks. Grushenka lost all regard for Mussyalovitch and fell in love with Dmitri. She went to him at the end of the night and lay beside him, asking him to take her far away. Just then the police burst in and arrested Dmitri for the murder of Fyodor Karamazov. Grushenka saw and heard the whole thing, until she was removed to a separate room. But she never wavered in her devotion to Dmitri. As Dmitri was being taken away, she said, “I have told you I am yours, and I will be yours. I will follow you forever, wherever they may send you. Farewell. You are innocent, though you’ve been your own undoing.” Continue reading “My Reaction to The Brothers Karamazov–Part 8: The Sufferings of a Soul”