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ROMAN Reading Practice 02 "God Sees the Truth But Waits" by Tolstoy

ROMAN Reading Practice 02 "God Sees the Truth But Waits" by Tolstoy



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Published by Nick Senger
Practice reading literature with this story by Leo Tolstoy, courtesy www.RomanReading.com
Practice reading literature with this story by Leo Tolstoy, courtesy www.RomanReading.com

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Published by: Nick Senger on May 11, 2007
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Nick Senger’s
ROMAN Reading:
Changing lives one page at a time…
Practice text 2: “God Sees the Truth But Waits” by Leo Tolstoy
Welcome to the second in a series of practice texts to be used with thebook
ROMAN Reading: 5 Practical Skills for Transforming Your Life throughLiterature
.Print the story out and work your way through the process:1.
it all the way through in one sitting, using your imagination andemotions to enter into in the story.2.
the major parts first (briefly describe what happens in each of thetwo parts), then outline each part in detail.3.
the text, circling important words, phrases and sentences, and writingquestions and comments in the margins.4.
the two essential questions: What does it mean? and What differencedoes it make? Remember, you must answer the first one as completely as youcan before attempting to answer the second one.5.
your experience. Keep track of your reactions, thoughts and answersin a journal, computer file or blog. Copy any meaningful quotes to acommonplace book.
Introduction copyright 2007, Nick Senger
In the town of Vladimir lived a young merchant named Ivan Dmitrich Aksionov.He had two shops and a house of his own.Aksionov was a handsome, fair-haired, curly-headed fellow, full of fun, and veryfond of singing. When quite a young man he had been given to drink, and wasriotous when he had had too much; but after he married he gave up drinking, exceptnow and then.One summer Aksionov was going to the Nizhny Fair, and as he bade good-bye tohis family, his wife said to him, "Ivan Dmitrich, do not start to-day; I have had abad dream about you."Aksionov laughed, and said, "You are afraid that when I get to the fair I shall goon a spree."His wife replied: "I do not know what I am afraid of; all I know is that I had abad dream. I dreamt you returned from the town, and when you took off your cap Isaw that your hair was quite grey."Aksionov laughed. "That's a lucky sign," said he. "See if I don't sell out all mygoods, and bring you some presents from the fair."So he said good-bye to his family, and drove away.When he had travelled half-way, he met a merchant whom he knew, and theyput up at the same inn for the night. They had some tea together, and then went tobed in adjoining rooms.
It was not Aksionov's habit to sleep late, and, wishing to travel while it was stillcool, he aroused his driver before dawn, and told him to put in the horses.Then he made his way across to the landlord of the inn (who lived in a cottage atthe back), paid his bill, and continued his journey.When he had gone about twenty-five miles, he stopped for the horses to be fed. Aksionov rested awhile in the passage of the inn, then he stepped out into theporch, and, ordering a samovar to be heated, got out his guitar and began to play.Suddenly a troika drove up with tinkling bells and an official alighted, followedby two soldiers. He came to Aksionov and began to question him, asking him who hewas and whence he came. Aksionov answered him fully, and said, "Won't you havesome tea with me?" But the official went on cross-questioning him and asking him."Where did you spend last night? Were you alone, or with a fellow-merchant? Didyou see the other merchant this morning? Why did you leave the inn before dawn?"Aksionov wondered why he was asked all these questions, but he described allthat had happened, and then added, "Why do you cross-question me as if I were athief or a robber? I am travelling on business of my own, and there is no need toquestion me."Then the official, calling the soldiers, said, "I am the police-officer of this district,and I question you because the merchant with whom you spent last night has beenfound with his throat cut. We must search your things."

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