agree on a diagnosis, and theremedies theygivehim
simmers and rages at his situation.
thedeception, thelie, which for some reason theyall
something very good would result.” Ivan Ilyich has
happening. He lives in mounting anguish and fear of
most profound pain.
“Noone pitied himas he wishedto be pitied,”writes
Tolstoy.“At certainmoments afterprolongedsuffering
he wished most of all (though he would have been
knew he wasan importantfunctionary, that he had a
was impossible, but still he longed for it.”
IvanIlyichto offercomfortortoacknowledge whatis
The late-nineteenth-century Russia of Tolstoy’s story
seemed harsh and almost primitive to us. Just as we
granted that honesty and kindness were basic