Back in Moscow, the narrator surveys the aftermath of Woland’s appearance. Rumors of unclean powers have spread, but Woland himself has simply disappeared. Many black cats have been killed, and some citizens with names similar to Koroviev and Woland were detained. Most citizens dismiss the entire affair as a case of artful mass hypnosis, but the populace remains on edge. Natasha and Margarita have disappeared, and people generally think Woland’s retinue took them because of their beauty. Georges Bengalsky has lost his vigor and retired, while Varenukha...
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