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By Turgenev, Ivan

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Title: Desperate  
Author: Turgenev, Ivan
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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No—there was, interposed P., an already old, gray-haired man; desperate people have been plentiful before; only they did not resemble the desperate people of to-day. Some one said of the poet Yasicoff that in him was ecstasy, not directed toward anything—objectless ecstasy. So it was with those people—their despair was objectless. Let me relate to you the history of my cousin's son, Misha Polteff. It may serve as an example of the desperation of those days. He appeared in God's world in the year 1828, on the ancestral estate of his father, in one of the most obscure corners of an obscure province of the steppes. Misha's father, Andreï Nikolaevitch Polteff, I still remember well. He was a true landowner of the old school, a pious, serious man, sufficiently well educated for that time. To tell the truth, he was a little crazy and suffering from epilepsy. But these are oldschool and aristocratic maladies. With andreï Nikolaevitch, the paroxysms were mild, and they generally resolved themselves into sleep and melancholy. He was good-hearted, affable, and not without a certain haughtiness. The whole life of Andreï Nikolaevitch was passed in the prompt performance of all the ceremonies established from remote times, in strict conformity with all the customs of the ancient, orthodox, holy Russian existence.

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