chapter  VI
The Third Period
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A third period is the one that follows the religious crisis. It is at its highest during the last few years of his life. In his new conception of life it manifests the integration of Tolstoi's ideas on the science of instruction. Such a revolution as this crisis proved to be could not help having a repercussion on all his ideas. He is already aware that the new demands of his moral life do not harmonize with instruction of the cultured classes, that very instruction he had been in the habit of giving to his own children. 'What the people mean by 'instruction' is fashionable clothing, polite conversation, well-kept hands, and certain cleanliness. The result, then, of the crisis, in education as in other things, is to incite Tolstoy to come into closer contact with the people, to demolish, after so many other barriers, that of luxury and the inequality of comfort.