"In the tale proper--where there is no space for development of character or for great profusion and variety of incident--mere construction is, of course, far more imperatively demanded than in the novel."
"To "give style" to one's character--a rare and noble art! Those practice it who compass all that their natures present as strengths and weaknesses and then fit them into an artistic plan until every one appears as art and reason and even weakness enchants the eye."
"Fathers and Sons is not only the best of Turgenev's novels, it is one of the most brilliant novels of the nineteenth century. Turgenev managed to do what he intended to do, to create a male character, a young Russian, who would affirm his--that character's--absence of introspection and at the same time would not be a journalist's dummy of the socialistic type."
"Of the other characters in the book there is, likewise, little to say. The most endearing one is obviously the old Captain MaksimMaksimich, stolid, gruff, naively poetical, matter-of- fact, simple-hearted, and completely neurotic."