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Tolstoy

Leo, Russian name Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. 1828--1910, Russian novelist, short-story writer, and philosopher; author of the two monumental novels War and Peace (1865--69) and Anna Karenina (1875--77). Following a spiritual crisis in 1879, he adopted a form of Christianity based on a doctrine of nonresistance to evil
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For Guy de Maupassant, marriage spelled the death of love, but not by dint of a Tolstoian dialectic of lust and shame; rather, the role of wife and mother was for Maupassant inherently inimical to love with its need for freedom.
A consumptive Tolstoian confessed, on a bench in the park, that his illness tormented him.
In Siberia, Sergii finally settles into the most worthy sort of Tolstoian life, engaged in simple labors such as teaching the children and tending to the sick, both tasks which Pashenka has fulfilled.