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Russian Life To-day

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Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,133 / 180 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.2
LoC Category: GT
Downloads: 468
Added to site: 2010.08.01 28593
Genres: Travel, Non-fiction

There seems to be a great desire just now for a book which, as the Publishers express it, “should not attempt an elaborate sketch of the country, nor any detailed description of its system of government and administration, or any exhaustive study of the Russian Church, and yet should give the impressions of a sympathetic observer of some of the chief aspects of Russian Life which are likely to appeal to an English Churchman.”

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rse and an English governess, while French will be the rule at table. It used to be a French governess, but now the English governess is in great request everywhere in Russia and Poland; and, in the great nobles' houses, there is the English tutor also--not always for the language, but to impart English ideas to the boys of the family. When I was last in Warsaw, an Oxford graduate came up at a reception and introduced himself, and told me he was with a Polish prince who had astonished him on the first morning after his arrival by saying:--

"I have engaged you as a tutor for my two boys, but it will not be necessary for you to teach them anything--that is already provided for. I want you to be their companion, walk out with them, play games with them, and help them to grow up after the manner of English gentlemen."

There is no real difficulty, therefore, with the language, nor is there with the money of the country as soon as one realizes the value of the rouble, eight of which make nearly a poun



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