In the epilogue serves as a denoument for the trial and wraps up in a sense the message of the book. Katerina ends up asking Dmitri's forgiveness just after Dmiti decides that he will indeed escape to America for a while and bear the burden of an exile. Alyosha, who has consistently been the voice of moral probity is last seen walking off with children who he will undoubtedly mold in father Zossima's image.