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A Nobleman's Nest   By: (1818-1883)

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A NOBLEMAN'S NEST

THE NOVELS AND STORIES OF IVÁN TURGÉNIEFF

Published by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

RÚDIN, AND A KING LEAR OF THE STEPPES A NOBLEMAN'S NEST ON THE EVE FATHERS AND CHILDREN SMOKE VIRGIN SOIL MEMOIRS OF A SPORTSMAN THE JEW, AND OTHER STORIES DIARY OF A SUPERFLUOUS MAN, AND OTHER STORIES FIRST LOVE, AND OTHER STORIES PHANTOMS, AND OTHER STORIES THE BRIGADIER, AND OTHER STORIES SPRING FRESHETS, AND OTHER STORIES RECKLESS CHARACTER, AND OTHER STORIES

A NOBLEMAN'S NEST BY IVÁN TURGÉNIEFF TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY ISABEL F. HAPGOOD NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1924

Copyright, 1903, by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Printed in the United States of America

A NOBLEMAN'S NEST (1858)

A NOBLEMAN'S NEST I

The brilliant, spring day was inclining toward the evening, tiny rose tinted cloudlets hung high in the heavens, and seemed not to be floating past, but retreating into the very depths of the azure.

In front of the open window of a handsome house, in one of the outlying streets of O the capital of a Government, sat two women; one fifty years of age, the other seventy years old, and already aged.

The former was named Márya Dmítrievna Kalítin. Her husband, formerly the governmental procurator, well known in his day as an active official a man of energetic and decided character, splenetic and stubborn had died ten years previously. He had received a fairly good education, had studied at the university, but, having been born in a poverty stricken class of society, he had early comprehended the necessity of opening up a way for himself, and of accumulating money. Márya Dmítrievna had married him for love; he was far from uncomely in appearance, he was clever, and, when he chose, he could be very amiable. Márya Dmítrievna (her maiden name had been Péstoff) had lost her parents in early childhood, had spent several years in Moscow, in a government educational institute, and, on returning thence, had lived fifty versts from O , in her native village, Pokróvskoe, with her aunt and her elder brother. This brother soon removed to Petersburg on service, and kept his sister and his aunt on short commons, until his sudden death put an end to his career. Márya Dmítrievna inherited Pokróvskoe, but did not live there long; during the second year after her marriage to Kalítin, who succeeded in conquering her heart in the course of a few days, Pokróvskoe was exchanged for another estate, much more profitable, but ugly and without a manor house, and, at the same time, Kalítin acquired a house in the town of O , and settled down there permanently with his wife. A large garden was attached to the house; on one side, it joined directly on to the open fields, beyond the town. Kalítin, who greatly disliked the stagnation of the country, had evidently made up his mind, that there was no reason for dragging out existence on the estate... Continue reading book >>




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