In Petersburg in the eighteen-forties a surprising event occurred. An officer of the Cuirassier Life Guards, a handsome prince who everyone. ”Father Sergius,” the Russian film that opens today at the Film Forum, It’s Leo Tolstoy’s posthumously published novella, adapted and. Father Sergius [Leo Tolstoy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who .

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She sat down on his bed — a bench only covered by a bit of carpet — and began to take off her boots. The party stopped to tlstoy the Frenchman see the pilgrims who, in accord with a popular Russian superstition, tramped toldtoy from place to place instead of working.

This web edition published by: I lived for men on the pretext of living for God, while she lived for God imagining that she lives for men.

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

He begins to wander, until eight months later he is arrested in the company of a blind beggar who makes him feel closer to God. Whether he admonished people, or simply blessed them, or prayed for the sick, or advised people about their lives, or listened to expressions of gratitude from those he had helped by precepts, or alms, or healing as they assured him — he could not help being pleased at it, and could not be indifferent to the results of his activity and to the influence he exerted.

He sank down, his hair hanging over his face, and pressed his head, already going bald in front, to the cold damp strip of drugget on the draughty floor.


The sun was setting behind the forest, its last rays glowing through the leaves. His hands trembled, and he could not raise the hook of the tightly closed door.

Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at It is true that he spoke in a low voice so that Father Sergius might not hear him, but his words were incisive and angry. Prince Kasatsky, the future monk Sergius, cather in this impasse: So we spent all we had.

Father Sergius

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 sergiys. She had moaned as he expressed it and since then had not been herself.

He was often amazed that this had happened, that he, Stepan Kasatsky, had come to be such an extraordinary saint and even a worker of miracles, but of the fact that he was such there could not be the least doubt.

And his choice fell on a beauty belonging to the Court, who not merely belonged to the circle into which he wished to be accepted, but whose friendship was coveted by the very highest people and those most firmly established in that highest circle. Retrieved from ” https: So Sergius heard to,stoy felt that danger and destruction were there, hovering above and around him, and that he could only save himself by not looking in that direction for an instant.

He put his hands to both sides of his face and peered between them. The lodging was a small one.

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

He easily raised his light and emaciated body on his strong sinewy legs and tried to continue saying his prayers, but instead of doing so he involuntarily strained his lleo. A road ran beside the river and he went along it and walked till noon.


She is silly, and it ends by their making fun of her and forcing her to show how she can swim. More, more — like that! He ate sparingly, though much more than he had done, and often he ate with much holstoy, and not as formerly with aversion and a sense of guilt.

Where are you shoving to? For some weeks Father Sergius had been living with one persistent thought: Faather Abbot himself was conducting the service.

And how about that monk?

Father Sergius / Leo Tolstoy

On another occasion he came almost completely to grief by flinging a whole dish of cutlets at an officer le was acting as steward, attacking him and, it was said, striking him for having broken his word and told a barefaced lie.

But his wallet was strapped on his back. It was some three hundred versts two hundred miles away, and he set out to walk there. Fog, mist, a tree, and — just opposite him — she herself.

The Tambov Abbot is asking whether there is not a brother who would xergius his place. Lord, have mercy on me a sinner! On entering society he determined to have relations with some society lady, and to his own surprise quickly accomplished this purpose. No one knows where I have gone to.