The Cook's Wedding -- Sleepy Children -- The Runaway -- Grisha -- Oysters -- Home -- A Classical Student -- Vanka -- An Incident -- A Day In The Country -- Boys -- Shrove Tuesday -- The Old House -- In Passion Week -- Whitebrow -- Kashtanka -- A Chameleon -- The Dependents -- Who Was To Blame? -- The Bird Market -- An Adventure -- The Fish -- Art -- The Swedish Match
t at home; she has gone to the hospital to find what is being done to Yefim. Somewhere there is a baby crying, and Varka hears someone singing with her own voice:
"Hush-a-bye, my baby wee, I will sing a song to thee."
Pelageya comes back; she crosses herself and whispers:
"They put him to rights in the night, but towards morning he gave up his soul to God. . . . The Kingdom of Heaven be his and peace everlasting. . . . They say he was taken too late. . . . He ought to have gone sooner. . . ."
Varka goes out into the road and cries there, but all at once someone hits her on the back of her head so hard that her forehead knocks against a birch tree. She raises her eyes, and sees facing her, her master, the shoemaker.
"What are you about, you scabby slut?" he says. "The child is crying, and you are asleep!"
He gives her a sharp slap behind the ear, and she shakes her head, rocks the cradle, and murmurs her song. The green patch and the shadows from the trousers and the baby-clothes move up and
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