- Year Published: 1862.
- Pages: 226.
Fathers And Sons Summary of Chapters
Chapters 1 – 5
In these chapters, we see a man and his servant waiting for the man’s son to arrive in their home. His son has recently completed his University studies. The man’s name is Nikolai, and his servant’s name is Piotr. Nikolai is a landlord. He owns a very modern and luxurious estate. He is married to the daughter of his own landlord.
Nikolai’s son brings a friend from University home with him. His name is Bazarov. The son’s name is Arkady. Arkady’s father is more than happy to welcome his son’s friend home. They head to Nikolai’s farm. They talk about what has been going on at home whilst Arkady has been at University. It is clear that Nikolai loves his farm very much but as they arrive, Arkady sees that it has become a wreck.
At the farm, they are greeted by Prokofitch. He is Nikolai’s servant. All of the men have a meal together before the young boys go to their rooms. As soon as everyone has gone, Bazarov decides to mock the servant. He discovers that the servant has been very affected by living in the country. Yet, Nikolai is well liked.
The following day, Bazarov woke up very early. He decided to go in search of some frogs. He wanted to get some frogs for some scientific experiments he wanted to do. But he soon discovers just how badly wrecked the farm has become. Meanwhile, Arkady is asked about his friend. His friend is known as a nihilist which surprises Nikolai and his servant. They did not know what this meant. A lady named Fenichka appears on the scene to give them some cocoa. She is very good looking but finds it difficult to be around other people.
Chapters 6 – 10
In Chapters Six to Ten we see Bazarov joining everyone else for the meal. Bazarov is thoroughly questioned about his beliefs. Rather than answering all of the questions, Bazarov simply tells them all that he does not ‘believe’ in anything. But he does say that he gives close attention to science. This is because science gives him real facts.
After the meal, Bazarov asks some questions about the servant to Arkady. Arkady felt that the servant must be given special consideration. This is because he has had a difficult life. Arkady and Bazarov prepare to leave the farm. They talk about how awful the conditions of the farm are. They talk about a wide range of topics such as nature. Bazarov did not believe nature being a symbol of a temple. He preferred to call it a workshop that a person can learn in.
A few weeks after the young boys had left, Pavel grew to despise Bazarov. He thought he was a cynical, arrogant and insolent young man. The servant was the only other person who disliked Bazarov. Everybody else liked him.
Pavel found himself with an opportunity to talk to Bazarov about things. He wanted to clear things up with him. But he felt as though Bazarov was constantly tearing everything he said down.
Chapters 11 – 15
Once the talk with Bazarov was over, Nikolai felt even further away from his son. He began to dream about the good old days before Fenichka got him back to reality. Bazarov soon puts an idea to Nikolai. His idea was that they go and see Arkady’s uncle. He is a counselor for the closest town. Nikolai takes him up on this.
Arkady’s uncle came across as vain. But he did have a good nature. He was well able to look after his own affairs. He takes Arkady and Nikolai in very well. It was then suggested that they all go and meet a lady called Avdotya. It is her who would give them all a very good feast. They all went and Avdotya takes them in. She speaks to them about a large number of the different subject. They soon realized just how much amazing knowledge she had.
In the hall, Arkady’s Uncle shows his real character. He looks after them very well and introduces them to many ladies. A lady named Odintsova arrived. Arkady, of course, longed to meet her. Once he had met her, she told him that she had heard about his father. They both have a conversation then Arkady tells Bazarov about her.
Chapters 16 – 20
In these chapters, we see that Bazarov and Arkady are welcomed into Odintsova’s home. They note how she is a rather condescending duchess. They soon discover that she lives with her sister and their Aunty. Odintsova soon gives Arkady a range of ideas. Of course, he goes along with what Bazarov said.
The two men had a very enjoyable time in Odintsova’s home. At first, they thought it would be boring but they soon realize it was not. They read stories, played the piano and looked at the nature around them. Bazarov soon found himself annoyed at the feelings he had for Odintsova. He was unable to remove them.
Arkady and Bazarov leave by coach. They go to see Bazarov’s parents. Bazarov gives them an update on where he is at in life.
Chapters 21 – 28
Chapters 21 – 28 tell us about the time that Arkady and Bazarov have with Bazarov’s parents. Bazarov’s father, in particular, was very keen to know what his son was up to. They both confide to his father about all kinds of things and soon found themselves in an argument.The next day, Bazarov decided it would be best to leave. Not only was he bored, but he was unable to get anything done.
Both young men leave the following day. They decide to go back to Odintsova’s house even though they knew they probably shouldn’t. She was rather cold toward them when she saw them. They then decided to go back to Arkady’s parents place instead of where they were well received.
They discover Nikolai and the farm had gotten worse since they were there. On his way back from a walk, Bazarov saw Fenichka sitting on a chair. She was not feeling well. She thought it was the heat. They have a good conversation with each other that made them both laugh. Bazarov decided he should write a letter to his family. But he started it up instead. He had some rather odd dreams that evening about a few of the people he had met and himself.
At his parent’s farm, Arkady did all he could to be noticed by Katya. They talked as often as they could. Bazarov thinks that Arkady is falling in love with Katya.
Arkady wants to marry Katya so he asked for her hand in marriage. Bazarov supported this.
Bazarov decided it was time for him to return home. His parents were very happy to have him back. Several years later, a fever hit Bazarov. They all thought he was going to die. He grew worse as the hours went on. He died the following day.