In Petersburg in the eighteen-forties a surprising event occurred. An officer of the Cuirassier Life Guards, a handsome prince who everyone. Father Sergius: Leo Tolstoy: Fiction after Otets Sergy (written ; Father Sergius), which may be taken as Tolstoy’s self-critique, tells the story of a proud. He takes the name “Father Sergius.” Although he becomes a celebrated churchman, he continues to struggle with pride and lust. Written during Tolstoy’s later.

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A year later she has joined a convent. Srgius led her into the cell and immediately left her. This conflict was occasioned by his irritation at the presence of fine folk, especially ladies. The narrow little room, some seven feet by nine, was as clean as glass.

Holiness is Being a Vagabond: Reflections on Tolstoy’s “Father Sergius”

fayher A strong smell of fine scent, which he had long not encountered, struck him. He asked an old man who had been a soldier how sergiuz tramped: He tried not to see them or to notice all that went on: When Kasatsky fathher up his commission his mother moved with her daughter first to Moscow and then to their country estate. So we spent all we had. But subsequently that feeling became more and more deadened, and once when he was officiating in a depressed state of mind he felt that the influence produced on him by the service would not endure.

He heard steps outside. More, more — like that! He brushed it off. I want something that would upset it all and turn it upside down. He rose, but she would not let him go until she had given him bread and butter and rusks.


What a fool he was! Some will claim to be receiving special inspirations from the deceased Tomberg. The mother left with her son, and a month later the boy recovered, and the fame of the holy healing power of the serbius Sergius as they now called him spread throughout the whole district.

The sources of that conflict were two: Where are you shoving to?

At the same instant she said:. Father Sergius knew this common, cold, conventional, and most irreligious type.

After successive disillusionments with financial success, the love of a beautiful woman, and family life, Siddhartha ends up as a ferryman, ferrying people from one side of the river to the other, and back again, world without end. To attain that end it would be necessary to be an aide-decamp to the Emperor — which he expected to become — or to marry into that exclusive set, which he resolved to do. He could not fail to believe in the miracles he himself witnessed, beginning with the sick boy and ending with the old woman who had recovered her sight when he had prayed for her.

This makes a final impression on him.

The Finger of Father Sergius

By the time he was eighteen he had finished his College course and received a commission as lieutenant in an aristocratic regiment of the Guards. He tried as it were to keep his mind in blinkers, to see nothing but the light of the candles on the altar-screen, the icons, and those conducting xergius service.

And suddenly cather was a rustling at the window and a voice — that same tender, timid voice, which could only belong to an attractive woman — said:. The man had such an imposing appearance.


And they are all satisfied and confident that it should be so, and will go on living like that till they die. She could hardly do so, not having seen him for almost twenty years. For eight months Kasatsky tramped on in this manner, and in the ninth month he was arrested for not having a passport.

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I wrote to you, and now this good fortune has come. I cannot deceive you. He is still tortured by boredom, pride, and lust. But you see what a position I am in.

Therefore, any re action to those are coming from the interior of the subject and therefore bound to be an act of passivity in the case of reaction to stimulus or will in the case of self-control. At the end of the third year he received the tonsure and was ordained to the priesthood by the name of Sergius. This condition would continue for a day, or sometimes for two days, and would then pass of itself. He is thinking of these feet of mine with the same feeling that I have! And his secular limits point to decidedly more spiritual ones, limits which he will attempt to transcend with equal fervor.