WOW! We read this story in my english class and it really blew my mind. I felt that this story really had deeper meaning to it than just what it said. I mean if you think about the 3 smiles i think symbolize Christ's reserection in 3 days. I loved the symbolism and irony of this book especially how the 2 little twin girls were what brought Michael to earth and then allowed him to go back to heaven. I thank Leo Tolstoy for writing this beautiful piece that reflects the way a true story should be written.