Describe in detail the role of Gerasim to the story.
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A pleasant peasant lad, the assistant to Iván Ilych's butler, and eventually Iván Ilych's sick nurse. He shows real compassion for Iván Ilych, and holds up the ill man's legs to help relieve the pain. He is simple and good, and unlike the others does not deny the reality of death. He cleans Ivan's excrement with no complaints. He reminds Ivan of what a truly good person is.