Voropaev V.A. Part Two. Nikolai Gogol’s Spiritual Father. «You Know my Soul More than I Know Myself» Nikolai Gogol and Archpriest Matthew Rzhevsky
The second part of the study is devoted to the history of the relationship of Nikolai Gogol and his spiritual father, Rzhevsky archpriest Matthew Konstantinovsky. The events of the writer’s deathbed days (death of E.M. Khomyakova, Pancake week, last meeting with Father Matthew) were reconstructed. The article explains the Church Slavonic semantics of the word “requirement” on the margin of Gogol’s Bible opposite to Saint Apostle Paul’s words “...having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ” (Phil. 1, 23).
Gogol, Archpriest Matthew Konstantinovsky, ghousthood, religious worldview, the second volume of Dead Souls, a Christian attitude to death