Class 11 English – God Sees the Truth but Waits Summary

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Class 11 English – God Sees the Truth but Waits Summary and Exercise

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“God Sees the Truth but Waits” is a short story written by Leo Tolstoy.

In this article, we will discuss the main theme, summary, and analysis of a short story, “God Sees the Truth but Waits by Leo Tolstoy.

About Author

Name – Leo Tolstory
Date of birth – 1828
Nationality – Russian
Death – 1910

  • He was a novelist, short story writer, play writer, and essayist.
  • His best works: War and Peace, Anna Karenina.
  • His fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness, and so on.

Main Theme

The main theme of this story is about the suffering of a person who has spent his Twenty-six years in prison for false conviction without any crime. He has waited for God’s decision in his lifetime.

Finally, God’s decision arrived, but it was too late, so the author wishes to convey the message that God is always evaluating our patience and attempting to teach us about life values.

Summary of God Sees the Truth but Waits by Leo Tolstoy

This short story “God Sees the Truth but Waits” is a heart touching short story by Leo Tolstoy.

This story is about a Young Merchant whose name was Ivan Dmitrich Aksionov from Vladimir a city in Russia. He was quite a handsome man who had two shops and a house. Before marriage, he used to drink a lot and show his bully behavior but after marriage, he gave up drinking and lived happily with his wife and children.

One day Ivan planned to go to Nizhny Fair to sell his goods. Before setting off, his wife stopped him from going to the fair. She related that nightmare which she has dreamed. In her dream, she saw that he has returned back with grey hair. Aksionov did not believe in her dream and leaves for the journey.

On his way, he met another merchant with whom he spent his night together in an inn. The next day he got up early and continued his journey. But on his way, two local soldiers stopped him for inquiry. They informed Aksionov about the merchant murder whose dead body has been found in the inn’s room with his throat cut. Aksionov trembled with fear. Soldiers took him back to the inn’s room and searched his luggage where they found a blood-stained knife. So he was imprisoned despite his appeal of being innocent.

Later his wife came to visit him and asked him to tell the truth. She might suspect him because he was an alcoholic before marriage. He felt very sad thinking that his wife did not believe him.

So he thought only God knew the truth. He was severely punished and sent to Siberia. He suffered for 26 years in prison. Within the time he became a prayer of God, become humble, and had grey hair. As time passed, a new prisoner named Makar Semyonich come into prison. He behaved as if he was familiar with Aksionov and the event. One night Aksionov saw Makar was digging a hole through the prison but he did not tell the governor about the incident. So Makar felt gratitude for him and confessed that he was the real murderer of the merchant. He felt sorry for what he had done. So Makar confessed the murder to the governor. However, when his release came, Aksionov was found dead.


  • This story promotes superstitions and belief in God. It also highlights the significance of dream.
  • It gives the lesson that we should listen to the other advice because sometimes their advice might turn into something very important.
  • We should carefully check up our belongings before we leave for somewhere.

Complete Exercise

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