The Question and Answer section for The Death of Ivan Ilych is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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B) he lay on his back and begin to pass his life in review in quite a new way.
From the text:
Neither as a boy nor as a man was he a toady, but from early youth was by nature attracted to people of high station as a fly is drawn to the light, assimilating their ways and views of life and establishing friendly relations with...