Keywords: S. V. Engelgardt, L. N. Tolstoy, story, plot, characters, chronotope, form of narration, Christian motives.
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Kalitnik, A. A. “Christian Motives in the Short Story ‘God Alone Sees the Truth’ by S. V. Engelhardt.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 4, no. 2, 2022, pp. 96–109. (In Russ.)

Author: Anastasia A. Kalitnik
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Anastasia A. Kalitnik, graduate student, Cherepovets State University, Sovetsky Prospekt, 8, 162602 Cherepovets, Russia.


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Received: February 19, 2022
Approved after reviewing: April 28, 2022
Published: June 25, 2022
Issue: 2022 Volume 4 No. 2
Department: Russian Literature of the 18th–19th Centuries
Pages: 96-109

UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"


The article presents an analysis of Christian motives in the short story by S. V. Engelhardt “God Alone Sees the Truth,” which is a direct rethinking of the short story by L. N. Tolstoy “God Sees the Truth, but Will Not Tell Soon.” The article proves that Engelhardt creatively mastered Tolstoy’s ideas at the level of plot, narrative form, motives and chronotope. Important is the context of Engelhardt’s early prose of the 1850–1860s, which preceded the consolidation of Christian motives in her later work of the 1870–1880s. In the story under consideration the author of the article highlights and analyzes the motives of miracle, sin, repentance, forgiveness, prayer, wandering, spiritual guidance. A detailed study of the realizations of various motives and their semantic echoes makes it possible to identify significant oppositions and trace the spiritual evolution of characters.



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