Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapters 1, 2 and 3 Abstract
* It is 1859 and Nikolai awaits the arrival of his son Arkady at the posting station.
* The narrator explains that Nikolai comes from a privileged background and graduated from the same University his son is at now.
Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7 Abstract
* Nikolai married Prepolovensky soon after his parents died.
* Prepolovensky died ten years into their...
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