Chapters 1, 2 and 3* 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. * Nikolai married Prepolovensky soon after his parents died. * Prepolovensky died ten years into their marriage, leaving Nikolai a son. * Nikolai embraces his son at the station. Arkady has brought his friend Bazarov * Nikolai explains to his son that times on the farm have been hard. The peasants refuse to pay their rent and have renamed the farm Poverty farm. * Nikolai mentions he has a young girl living with him called Fenitchka.
Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7* Nikolai's brother, Pavel Petrovitch Kirsanov greets the young men and they sit down for supper. * After supper, Bazorov makes fun of Pavel after, but Arkady is not impressed. He tells his friend another day he will tell...
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