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What Men Live By

and Other Tales

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Language: English
Wordcount: 19,132 / 58 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 97.5
LoC Category: PG
Audiobook: www.gutenberg.org
Downloads: 4,507
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Excerpt

Setting a cup on the table, she poured out some kvas. Then she brought out the last piece of bread, and set out a knife and spoons.

"Eat, if you want to," said she.

Simon drew the stranger to the table.

"Take your place, young man," said he.

Simon cut the bread, crumbled it into the broth, and they began to eat. Matryona sat at the corner of the table resting her head on her hand and looking at the stranger.

And Matryona was touched with pity for the stranger, and began to feel fond of him. And at once the stranger's face lit up; his brows were no longer bent, he raised his eyes and smiled at Matryona.

When they had finished supper, the woman cleared away the things and began questioning the stranger. "Where are you from?" said she.

"I am not from these parts."

"But how did you come to be on the road?"

"I may not tell."

"Did some one rob you?"

"God punished me."

"And you were lying there naked?"

"Yes, naked and freezin

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2008.09.13
mabjang
*****

this stories are full of quality inspiration and good reasons to live simple life.

2004.11.04
Cami
*****

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.


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