How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy

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Describe Packhom's early attempts to buy land from the Barina. What did he do with the land and how did other peasants make life difficult for him?  

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Pakhom heard about the land of Bashkhirs from a merchant who drove upto his homestead one day.It was all open, grass,staple land.The people were as simple as sheep.One could get things fromthem absolutely for nothing.Pakhom was not a man who could let this opportunity slip from his hands.He left his man at home and took his workman with him.He set out after buying a chest of tea,vodka and other gifts for Bashkirs and their chief.

            Everything turned out to be as the merchant had described.The people there lived in wagons drawn up on the side of a river.They were simple people.They neither ploughed land nor ate corn.They lived on milk,tea,cheese and kumiss.They all looked sleek and cheerful.They were not educated.They did not know Russian language.When Pakhom approached them they communicated with the help of an interpreter.They warmly received Pakhom and treated them hospitably.Pakhom gave them the gifts he had bought for them.

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