In the story, "How much land does a man need" how could I describe Pakhom beside that he is greedy, for wanting more land and envious for wanting more land because his neighbor had more land.... In...

In the story, "How much land does a man need" how could I describe Pakhom beside that he is greedy, for wanting more land and envious for wanting more land because his neighbor had more land.... In other words what other personality traits does he have? I can't think of any more. I also need to support it with a direct quote but I could do that on my own if I knew what other character traits I should be looking for. Please help me 

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teachsuccess | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Hello! You asked about Pahom in Tolstoy's How Much Land Does a Man Need.Here are some of Pahom's personality traits:

1) Not only is Pahom a hard working farmer, he is also financially astute and fiscally responsible when it comes to increasing his holdings of land. Some quotes which show these traits are:

They came to an agreement, and he shook hands with her upon it, and paid her a deposit in advance. Then they went to town and signed the deeds; he paying half the price down, and undertaking to pay the remainder within two years.

The harvest was a good one, and within a year he had managed to pay off his debts both to the lady and to his brother-in-law.

So he became a landowner, ploughing and sowing his own land, making hay on his own land, cutting his own trees, and feeding his cattle on his own pasture. When he went out to plough his fields, or to look at his growing corn, or at his grass meadows, his heart would fill with joy.

2)Pahom is surprisingly patient and compassionate; however, when he finds himself being taken advantage of, his forbearance is replaced with a spirit of vengeance.

He appealed to them most civilly, but they still went on: now the Communal herdsmen would let the village cows stray into his meadows; then horses from the night pasture would get among his corn. Pahom turned them out again and again, and forgave their owners, and for a long time he forbore from prosecuting anyone. But at last he lost patience and complained to the District Court.

"I cannot go on overlooking it, or they will destroy all I have.
They must be taught a lesson."

3)Pahom is mercurial; he jumps to conclusions based on his emotional state. Because of this particular personality trait, he ends up accusing a potentially innocent man (Simon) of cutting down five of his lime trees. His intemperately bad temper causes him to be at odds with people in his community:

The case was tried, and re-tried, and at the end of it all Simon was acquitted, there being no evidence against him. Pahom felt still more aggrieved, and let his anger loose upon the Elder and the Judges.

So Pahom quarrelled with the Judges and with his neighbors. Threats to burn his building began to be uttered. So though Pahom had more land, his place in the Commune was much worse than before.

It's not easy to root out Pahom's other personality traits, as his greed and envy seem to overshadow any other other positive or negative traits he possesses. However, you might find the above sufficient to aid you in completing your assignment. Thanks for the question.

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