The Humour of Russia

The Humour of Russia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895* edition. Excerpt: ...at Bezzubov. The people there are very poor; many of the peasants used to sleep in their ovens in winter-time. One day the priest came into a cottage to bless the household; he looked round, and there was no one there, so he began to sing the trofar.1 Suddenly the people crawled out from the oven and came up to kiss the crucifix.... A good many of my pupils went about begging. For all that, though, a great gentleman from St. Petersburg passed through our village, and he said the people were not averse to education--really." " Do you mean that ironically? " asked the master of the house. " Oh dear no! " " Of course, even a poor man may desire education; just take the case of Lomonbsov: he was a peasant and became an academician." " Exactly so." " Well, what else did the great gentleman from St. Petersburg remark? " " He said that it would be a good thing for our administration to introduce a uniform for the scholars." " A capital idea! " exclaimed the master of the house; " there ought to be discipline in a school. Without discipline no institution can exist. H'm... What subjects were taught in your school? " "We used the New Testament in the Russian and Slavonic tongues, a hundred and four selections from the Old and New Testaments, the ' Elements of Christian Doctrine, ' ' Examples of Piety, ' and the Breviary, for the children to learn by heart; the first hour's division 2 of the 1 Special canticle on a Saint's day. In the Greek Church the psalms are divided up into a kind of rosary. Thirty-third Psalm, and the Book of Six Psalms, with ' All that has breath.' ..". " Is that all? " " No, we had a library, containing the following books: "Selected Passages from Schreck's 'Universal History."' "The Programme for Acceptance into the Military...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678974
  • 9781236678973