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Pitt SLAV 0880 - Week 6 Readings

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I. Lermontov – Belaa. Stopped at a tavern and rented 6 oxen and Ossetians to haul his carriage; ran into an officerb. Mount Gud was smoking; they stayed in a smoky hut overnight because a blizzard was comingc. As soon as the Circassians drink their fill of booza at a wedding or a funeral the knife fight beginsd. Pechorin had a terrible weakness for moneye. Pechorin brought sheep to us at the fort and sold themi. Had a famous horse; a bandit horsef. Azamat would give 1000 mares to him for his Karagyozg. Azamat told Kazbich to give him his horse and he would do anything he wanted; like steal his father’s best musket or swordh. Azamat ran into the hut in a torn shirt shouting that Kazbich had tried to kill him, after he disagreed to give him his horsei. Kazbich said ill swear he would get the horse if he gave his sister Bela in exchangej. Bela didn’t love him the way Pechorin did…but she soon realized she did and lived happily togetherk. One day Pechorin persuaded the captain to go hunting wild boar with himl. Pechorin and the captain was shooting at Kazbich, wounded his horse and shot him in the shoulder while having Belai. Kazbich raised his knife over Bela, but was shot, then scurried up a cliffii. Bela was unconsciouss, laying in a veilm. Kazbich kidnapped her when she disobeyed Pechorin’s orders and leftthe fort to go to the rivern. Bela ended up suffering and dyingo. Doctor tortured her with hot wet pads and thirst even though he knewshe was going to diep. Pechorin grew very sick and didn’t talk about Bela anymore with himq. What happened to Kazbich? - Rumor is that the Shapsugs have a Kazbich, a daredevil fellow who wears a red beshmet, rides at a trot under out fire and bows with exaggerated politeness whenever a bullet whistles near himr. Maksim Maksimich is a man you can respectII. Lermontov – Princess Marya. Grushnitsky said hi to Pechorini. He is a cadet, has a soldier’s Cross of St. George, and well-builtii. The reason why he listed in the K regiment will remain a secretb. Grushnitsky pointed out Princess Ligovskaya and her daughter, Princess Maryi. A gambler with a gold chain was offering the ladies a glassc. Princess saw the dropped glass and picked it up in front of Pechorind. Pechorin directed his eyeglass at her and made her very angry while Grushnitsky’s glance brought a smilee. Princess L has a blood disorder, overweight, improper with her daughter not aroundf. Princess Mary appears to love discussing sentiments and emotionsg. A soldiers overcoat makes you a hero and a martyr in the eyes o any sensitive young lady?h. Pechorin sees a lady sitting with a black shawl draped over her head…it was Verai. She is very ill with the fievre lente diseasei. Pechorin enjoyed galloping on his horse for no reasonsj. Pechorin asked Princess Mary for a waltzk. Princess Mary was playing the piano and singingl. Pechorin sees that Vera will always love him more than Princess Mary ever willm. Grushnitsky received his commission, so they ordered champagnei. He was waiting for his suit to see Princess Marty at the balln. Vera told Pechorin to come to Kislovodsk with them and rent an apartment next to theirso. Asked Grushnitsky if he asked the princess for her mazurka yet, he said no; they eventually did but she wasn’t pleasedp. Princess Mary said she would sleep badly tonight because of Grushnitsky to Pechorin; as she left, he kissed her hand goodbyeq. Doctor Werner thought Pechorin was attending to marry Princess Mary, but he said no and planned to move to Kislovodskr. Pechorin got off his horse and crept upon a window with the captain of dragoons talking about him being too uppity and needs to be taughta lessoni. Agreed that Grushnitsky challenge Pechorin to a duals. Pechorin told Princess Mary that he did not love himt. Vera gave a note to Pechorin to meet her home at 10, he came and she told him she loved himu. The captain, Grushnitsky, and fellow mates caught Pechorin at the window in the garden and fired at him; Pechorin appeared in his roomundressed in bed and told the guards he was sick and to go awayv. Doctor reminded Pechorin the distance s only 6 paces and to not fall into their trapw. Pechorin couldn’t sleep the night before the match, read Old Mortality by Walter Scottx. PEchorin shouted to Grushnitsky when he fell backwards off the branch, “Remember Julius Caesar”y. Grushnitsky won the coin toss and had the privilege to fire firstz. Doctor wants Pechorin to tell them they know their intentions before he is killed, but Pechorin wants to test Grushnitsky and show him some graditudeaa. Grushnitsky pointed the gun to Pechorin’s forehead and said “he couldn’t do it” and shoots him in the knee slightlybb. Pechorin is giving Grushnitsky so many chances to confess, apologize, and repent, but he isn’t doing socc. Pechorin fired at Grushnitsky, and said, “Finita la commedia!”; Pechorin shrugged his shoulders and bowed to Grushnitsky’s secondsdd. Doctor came to warn Pechorin that he might be sent away because thePrincess heard he fought a dual for her daughter – Mary is ill from a nervous breakdownee. Pechorin visits the Princesses and Princess L pleads to him why not marry her?i. He asks her to speak with her daughter in private…they do and she says she hates him, and he respectfully bows and leavesIII. De Rougemount- The Warlike Language of Lovea. The man is a conqueror and the woman is the prisonerb. Men fall under the shafts of Eros – “Battle of Love”c. The god of love is an archer who shoots fatal arrows who slaughters togive one’s life for the belovedd. Death: marked the defeat of the world and the victory of the life of lighti. Love and Death are connected – the rule for it is ‘chivalry’IV. De Rougemount – Passion and Allergya. Allergy is used as an analogy for passionb. Passion wants everything, especially the unattainablei. I think this quote shadows the matter of human beings always wanting what we don’t or can’t have. We might already have something special; a nice car, a big house, a compatible companion, but we always want more than what we already know we obtain or we are curious of the other side of things that we don’t have and haven’t experienced yet. So what it comes down to, I think human nature has a natural tendency of greed without even knowing it. Im not saying it’s a completely bad thing though, because wanting more leads to curiosity, and curiosity leads to new opportunities in life


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