Monk #1: Did you see the elder Zosima bow to Dmitiri Karamazov? Why did he do it? Did he see something terrible in Dmitri’s fate or character? What could such a bow mean?
Monk #2: I don’t know why he would bow to that lost soul. Dmitri made a bad impression on me. He has betrayed his fiance, befouled himself with love for a fallen woman, persecuted a poor, broken Captain, and threatened his own father. What good could the elder see in such a miserable creature?
Monk #3: I asked the Elder why he bowed to Dmitri, and he answered by citing John 12:24: “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone, but if it die, it bringeth much fruit.” What do you think he meant by that?