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Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy

Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy

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 Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy, trans. by Louise and Aylmer Maude 
is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind.
 Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk.
Nei-ther the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with thePennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material contained within the documentor for the file as an electronic transmission, in any way.
 Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy, trans. by Louise and Aylmer Maude 
, the Pennsylvania State University, JimManis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Document File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them, and as such is a part of the Pennsylvania State Universitys Electronic ClassicsSeries.Cover design: Jim Manis, (photograph of Tolstoy by unknown photographer in 1868).Copyright © 1998 The Pennsylvania State University 
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity University.
 
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Trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude
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HAPPENED
 
IN
 
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SEVENTIES
 
IN
 
 WINTER 
, on the day after St.Nicholas’s Day. There was a fete in the parish and the inn-keeper, Vasili Andreevich Brekhunov, a Second Guild mer-chant, being a church elder had to go to church, and hadalso to entertain his relatives and friends at home.But when the last of them had gone he at once began toprepare to drive over to see a neighbouring proprietor abouta grove which he had been bargaining over for a long time.He was now in a hurry to start, lest buyers from the townmight forestall him in making a profitable purchase.The youthful landowner was asking ten thousand rublesfor the grove simply because Vasili Andreevich was offering seven thousand. Seven thousand was, however, only a thirdof its real value. Vasili Andreevich might perhaps have got itdown to his own price, for the woods were in his district andhe had a long-standing agreement with the other village deal-ers that no one should run up the price in another’s district,but he had now learnt that some timber-dealers from townmeant to bid for the Goryachkin grove, and he resolved togo at once and get the matter settled. So as soon as the feast was over, he took seven hundred rubles from his strong box,added to them two thousand three hundred rubles of churchmoney he had in his keeping, so as to make up the sum tothree thousand; carefully counted the notes, and having putthem into his pocket-book made haste to start.Nikita, the only one of Vasili Andreevichs labourers who was not drunk that day, ran to harness the horse. Nikita,though an habitual drunkard, was not drunk that day be-cause since the last day before the fast, when he had drunk his coat and leather boots, he had sworn off drink and had
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