By Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, D. J. Hogarth
Dead Souls is a socially severe black comedy. Set in Russia earlier than the emancipation of serfs in 1861, the "dead souls" are useless serfs nonetheless being counted via landowners as estate, in addition to bearing on the landowners' morality. via surreal and sometimes darkish comedy, Gogol criticizes Russian society after the Napoleonic Wars. He meant to additionally supply recommendations to the issues he satirized, yet died earlier than he ever accomplished the second one a part of what was once meant to be a trilogy. The paintings famously ends mid-sentence.
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The usual crowd of curious spectators immediately filled the quay of Fort Saint-Jean, for at Marseilles the arrival of a ship is always a great event, especially when that ship, as was the case with the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden in the dockyard of old Phocaea and belongs to a shipowner of their own town. Meanwhile the vessel drew on, and was approaching the harbour under topsails, jib, and foresail, but so slowly and with such an air of melancholy that the spectators, always ready to sense misfortune, began to ask one another what ill-luck had overtaken those on board.
I don’t even know what the packet contained, and the Emperor merely made such inquiries as he would of any newcomer. ” As the young man departed Danglars approached. ” “Most satisfactory ones, dear Monsieur Danglars. ” “Dantès certainly did his, and there is nothing more to be said on the matter. ” Danglars turned red. ” “Then, Monsieur Morrel, pray don’t mention it to Dantès. ” Just then the young man returned and Danglars retreated as before. ” “I beg you to excuse me, Monsieur Morrel. I owe my first visit to my father.
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