Do you think Simon and Matryona are basically similar or different?

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The husband and wife in this story by Leo Tolstoy have numerous similarities and differences. The reader’s interpretation of which aspect is predominant will depend on the qualities that they see as central in human beings. Simon tends to be more fatalistic and perhaps less materialistic; he may also have less initiative than his wife. When he cannot collect enough money to order the coat, he pronounces that he does not really need a sheepskin coat. He spends the money...

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