In the Life of St. Barsanuphius of Optina, St. Barsanuphius is sent to Tolstoy on his deathbed to try and bet him to repent. This was probably because Tolstoy had tried to visit the Elders earlier, but his own inner "demons" drove him away. St. Barsanuphius arrived at Tolstoy's deathbed, but the door was shut by Tolstoy's relatives or followers. I think by that time Tolstoy was unable to talk. The whole situation is rather sad. It is an instruction for us, I think.