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In Tolstoy's "God Sees the Truth but Waits," why doesn't Aksionov not avenge himself on Makar?  

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Aksionov possesses a couple of reasons for not seeking revenge upon Makar.  The first is that when Aksionov arrived in the gulag, he began building a reputation for himself as a spiritual, calm, wise mentor.  Perhaps after all those years of fulfilling that role, Aksionov realizes that he must "practice what he preaches." As he considers telling the guards that Makar is the one who is plotting an escape, he recognizes that it will do him...

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