Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Prince Dmítri Ivánovitch Nekhlúdoff

Prince Dmítri Ivánovitch Nekhlúdoff (DMIH-tree ee-VAH-noh-vihch neh-KHLEW-dov), a gentleman. At a trial in which he is serving as a juror, he is astonished to see that the defendant is the falsely accused Katúsha Máslova, whom he had seduced in the past. When Katúsha is sentenced to hard labor in Siberia, his pity for her in the life to which he has driven her leads him to a period of self-examination, from which he emerges regarding his life as empty and degenerate and feeling a need to cleanse his soul. Determined to follow the prisoner to Siberia and marry her, he feels himself purged when her sentence is lightened to exile and she elects to stay with Valdemar Símonson, who loves her.

Katerína Mikháelovna Máslova

Katerína Mikháelovna Máslova (kah-teh-REE-nah mih-KHAH-ih-lohv-nah MAH-sloh-vah), called Katúsha (kah-TEW-shah), an illegitimate girl. Seduced at sixteen by Prince Dmítri Ivánovitch Nekhlúdoff, she becomes a prostitute and later is falsely accused of complicity in murder. At her trial, she is recognized by her seducer, a juryman, who, in remorse for his past treatment, wishes to marry her. When, through Dmítri’s efforts, her sentence is...

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