Novels and Stories Volume 4

Novels and Stories Volume 4

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...did fit Ivan llitch admirably. There was not a trace v in him of what is called will or character. Any one who wished could lead him whithersoever he would; all that was necessary was to say to him: "Come on, Ivan llitch! "--and he picked up his cap and went; but if another person turned up, and said to him: "Halt, Ivan llitch! "--he laid down his cap and remained. He was of a peaceable, tranquil disposition, had lived a bachelorlife, did not play cards, but was fond of sitting beside the players and looking into each of their faces in turn. Without society he could not exist, and solitude he could not endure. At such times he became despondent; however, this happened very rarely with him. He had another peculiarity: rising from his bed betimes in the morning, he would sing in an undertone an old romance: "In the country once a Baron Dwelt in simplicity rural...." In consequence of this peculiarity of Ivan Hitch's, he was also called " The Hawfinch," be-cause, as is well known, the hawfinch when in captivity sings only once in the course of the day, early in the morning. Such was Ivan Hitch Bodryakoff. The conversation between fpatofF and Vladimir Sergyeitch lasted for quite a long time, but not in its original, so to speak, speculative direction. The little old man questioned Vladimir Sergyeitch about his estate, the condition of his forests and other sorts of land, the improvements which he had already introduced or was only intending to introduce in his farming; he imparted to him several of his own observations; advised him, among other things, in order to get rid of hummocky pastures, to sprinkle them with oats, which, he said, would induce the pigs to plough them up with their snouts, and so forth....
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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560388
  • 9781236560384