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Thedora? What a kind heart she has! You write that she is now living with
Already I have saved a little money as a beginning. Nor must you despise
ITSELF up. There now!
Once more I implore you not to waste so much money upon me. I know
I felt light-hearted and cheerful. Yet now my thoughts are once more dark
Goodbye! I am now feeling sad and weary. Ah that I should have to spend
MY DEAREST BARBARA ALEXIEVNA, To think that a day like this
Whence had that mood arisen? It had arisen from the fact that a certain sun
It is a purely paternal feeling that I have for you. I stand towards you in the
Even boys at school ought to be whipped for writing it
Why do you write thus about "comfort" and "peace" and the rest? I am not
SOME respects it is the more cheerful and interesting of the two. I have
What stories they were! though stories less suitable for a child than for a
April 9th
Not a sound is to be heard from them. The father he is called
April 25th
But need I say it? It is cruel to hear such lies as hers. What is to become of
May 20th
Everything with me is going well; so pray do not be anxious on my
Thedora is a vindictive woman merely a vindictive woman. We shall yet
When you have done so we will contrive to arrange a rendezvous out of
June 1st
Had it befallen me never to quit that village had it befallen me to remain
Petersburg. Ah! how it hurts me to recall the mournful gatherings before
How difficult I found it to grow accustomed to my new life! At the time of
Then there ensued days when dullness and depression reigned supreme
Three months after our arrival in St. Petersburg I was sent to a boarding-
These things simply worried and tortured me. Never from the first could I
Whenever I reached home from school I would find every one low-
But it was chiefly around myself that the disputes raged. Though
All these cares and worries and disappointments tortured my poor father
Anna invited us to pay her (as she expressed it) a "return visit." For this
The latter was a poor a very poor young man whose health would not
I could make up my mind to nothing but vague dreams (and such dreams I
Bwikov took an interest in young Pokrovski was that he had known the
Sasha whatever might be required of him
Grief at the harshness of his wife led the elder Pokrovski to plunge into
Soon after this I ceased to take lessons of Pokrovski. Even now he thought
I must here remark that he never could bear to have his possessions
Are you NEVER going to grow sensible?" With that he darted forward to
"When are you going to grow steadier and more thoughtful? Consider
What to do with myself for shame I could not think. The one thought in
I remember that I was in his arms when I recovered my senses. Carefully
At last the conversation turned jestingly upon the upsetting of the shelf
With the passing of my mother's illness the midnight meetings and long
I knew that of the hucksters in the Gostinni Dvor one could sometimes buy
The old man always expressed himself in a very roundabout sort of
"Why should you buy things like those?" I asked him. "They are such
At length he could contain himself no longer
Petrovitch?" I asked him
My heart ached for the old man. Seeing him looking at me with such
"ALL?" he ejaculated. "ALL the books?"
"What?" he cried in dismay. "Are you going to give Petinka nothing do
This fully reassured the old man. He stopped with us another couple of
As I listened to the old man I could not help laughing and crying in a
Pokrovski at once guessed the truth about them. Then the old man was
During those two months he worked hard to procure himself a livelihood
At all events my mother ceased to trouble her head about it
The last moments were the most harassing and heartbreaking of all. For
The funeral was arranged for by Anna Thedorovna. A plain coffin was
Throughout he acted like a man bereft of sense and memory. With quaint
June 11th
But why should I write this to you? It is difficult for my heart to express
Alexievitch! Yesterday you looked into my eyes as though you could read
June 12th
MY DEAREST BARBARA ALEXIEVNA I had supposed that you
I will begin from the time when I was seventeen years old and first entered
Finally it became "OF COURSE Makar Alexievitch is to blame." Do you
June 20th
MY DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH I am writing to you post-
Alexievitch. You are simply ruining yourself. Is it a jest that you should
I know not how I contrived even to write as much of them as I did; and
June 21st
Also I would add that never in my life have I passed such happy days as I
June 22nd
MY DEAREST BARBARA ALEXIEVNA, I have to tell you that a sad
June 25th
MY BELOVED MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH I return you your book. In
June 26th
MY DEAR LITTLE BARBARA To tell you the truth, I myself have not
Rataziaev has now promised to give me something really literary to read;
You should see how much money these fellows contrive to save! How
"'My Zinaida!' cried the enraptured Smileski once more
"Thus was a new and dread union consummated
"Half an hour later the aged Count entered his wife's boudoir
"'Then by heaven and earth I thank you! By heaven and earth you have
"'Is that so? Then shall the sword of the Cossacks sing and whistle over
What must Ermak have felt when he learnt that his Zuleika had been
"'Oh that I had a stone whereon to whet my sword!' cried Ermak in the
"Do you know Ivan Prokofievitch Zheltopuzh? He is the man who took a
But enough of this. I write this sort of thing both to amuse myself and to
June 27th
MY DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH Thedora tells me that, should
Sundays is almost the only time when we see one another. How retiring
Now goodbye. How I have been chattering on! When feeling sad, I
June 28th
It is not right for me to live in dependence upon you. The thought tortures
Thedora? But how would that be of any use to you? AM I necessary to
July 1st
No in what way are you not useful? What should I do if I were deserted
book describes just what might happen to ourselves to myself in
MY DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH, Today Thedora came to me
July 7th
July 8th
MY DEAREST BARBARA ALEXIEVNA, The book which I received
Of our staff only Ivan Prokofievitch writes a similar hand. Thus have I
Why do I do my official work at all? Why is that necessary? Will my
July 27th
MY DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH, Your latest conduct and
You say also that your love for me has compelled you to hide yourself in
Write to me quite frankly. Tell me how you came to embark upon such a
July 28th
You say that you are anxious as to what will be thought of me. Let me tell
DEAREST LITTLE BARBARA, It is YOU who have committed a
What occurred that night between myself and those officers I scarcely
Really this wretched rabble has driven me to extremities. It all began with
I do not know; I only know that I went with him. . . . Surely it cannot give
Exactly what happened next I cannot remember. I only remember that
July 29th
August 1st
MY DARLING BARBARA ALEXIEVNA, Thank God that He has sent
Poor people are subject to fancies this is a provision of nature. I myself
May not people be talking of him? How is it that he is so unsightly? What
Nowadays charity is strangely administered. Perhaps it has always been
Makar Alexievitch!" and then left the rest unfinished. But I knew what he
I have an idea who is at the bottom of it all. It is Rataziaev. Probably he
August 2nd
MY DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH, Do not disquiet yourself
God will grant that all shall turn out well. Thedora has obtained a quantity
Perhaps it will put us straight again. Thedora suspects my late misfortunes
August 3rd
Peter Petrovitch to be my benefactor by advancing me a loan!" I calculated
There was nothing for me to do but to depart. He and the rest of them are
What do you think about it? It would be a pity not to obtain a loan. My
Barbara it is simply dreadful!
August 4th
MY BELOVED BARBARA ALEXIEVNA, These unlooked-for blows
Part of this sum I shall expend upon a half-pound of tobacco for I cannot
August 5th
DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH, - You must not despair. Away with
MY sorrows and MY affection! If you take the affairs of another person so
But I have not yet told you in detail how things have gone with me today
During the morning I suffered as much agony of spirit as might have been
Purposely I kept looking about me for something upon which to fasten my
MY BELOVED MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH, It is true that misfortune is
August 14th
August 19th
August 21st
Nor can I understand wherein the guilt lies. To me it is all a mystery
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Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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