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At a glance:
- Author: Leo Tolstoy
- First Published: 1886
- Type of Plot: Parable
- Time of Work: The late 1800’s
- Setting: Russia
- Characters: Pahom, The Chief of the Bashkirs, The Devil
- Genres: Short fiction, Parable
- Subjects: Greed, Ethics, Landlords or tenants, Devils or demons, Materialism, Peasantry or peasants
- Locales: Europe, Russia
An elder sister from the city visits her younger sister, the wife of a peasant farmer in the village. In the midst of their visit, the two of them get into an argument about whether the city or the peasant lifestyle is preferable. The elder sister suggests that city life boasts better clothes, good things to eat and drink, and various entertainments, such as the theater. The younger sister replies that though peasant life may be rough, she and her husband are free, will always have enough to eat, and are not tempted by the devil to indulge in such worldly...
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