God Sees the Truth,
But Waits engages a subject that would have suited Dostoyevsky. But
Dostoyevsky would have written it with a tone of fist-waving anger and
frustration, while Tolstoy wrote this story with an accepting, nonviolent
attitude toward the grievances described.
The protagonist has been wrongly accused of murder,
separated from his family for twenty-six years, and by circumstance meets the
real murderer in Siberia. Meanwhile, he has gained an important role in the
Siberian community and is trusted by the warden and prisoners alike. He spies
the murderer trying to escape and is threatened, but still does not speak out
when asked to by the warden. This profoundly moves the murderer, who seeks
forgiveness from the protagonist, who says, “Only God can give forgiveness.”
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