The Queen of Spades

Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,593 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,132
Added to site: 2007.10.18
mnybks.net#: 18591
Genre: Short Story
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Tchekalinsky, a man who had passed his whole life at cards, opened a club at St. Petersburg. His long experience secured for him the confidence of his companions, and his hospitality and genial humor conciliated society.

The gilded youth flocked around him, neglecting society, preferring the charms of faro to those of their sweethearts. Naroumov invited Herman to accompany him to the club, and the young man accepted the invitation only too willingly.

The two officers found the apartments full. Generals and statesmen played whist; young men lounged on sofas, eating ices or smoking. In the principal salon stood a long table, at which about twenty men sat playing faro, the host of the establishment being the banker.

He was a man of about sixty, gray-haired and respectable. His ruddy face shone with genial humor; his eyes sparkled and a constant smile hovered around his lips.

Naroumov presented Herman. The host gave him a cordial handshake, begged him not to stand upon c

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Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
2012.07.28
bhold
****.

The ultimate gambling secret comes at a price. Very good short story.

2012.07.27
Kjerst
*****

A game of cards and secret knowledge of how to win.

2010.07.04
speedwell
****.

The story that gave rise to the Tchaikovsky opera of the same name. If you can't see it with subtitles (and you must see it), this story will give you the idea.


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