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This looks like В море ("On the sea"): There is a newlyweds' cabin on the ship in the sea The sailors have made two holes in the cabin walls to spy on the newlyweds for their own amusement The cabin is occupied by a newlywed Protestant priest and his wife, the sailors (a father and his son) are spying on them. They witness the pastor (who is apparently in ...


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Approximately 100,000,000 roubles. This is not a straightfoward conversion due to fluctuations in the value of the rouble after the collapse of communism. This historical currency converter runs up to 2015 and makes various calculations based on the comparison of the value of important goods and services. It has this to say about the conversion: 95000 ...


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I agree with the conclusion you've already posted: the lawyer upped the 5 years to 15 years because of impulsive pride. However, I think it's interesting to look at this in the wider context of the story, which is really all about pride and impulsiveness set against wisdom and patience. At the start of the story, both the banker and the lawyer are described ...


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When you mention the "main character", I'm going to assume you are referring to Madame Ranyevskaya. (Checkov's plays tend to be ensemble pieces, and I'm not sure it's useful to designate a main character, but Madame R. may qualify as the central character in that everything revolves around her, and she is the symbol for the vestigial aristocracy that was at ...


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