In Dostoevsky's "A Christmas Tree and a Wedding," how did Mastakovich marry the little heiress after having scared her at the children's party? Is there a moral in this story, and if so, what is it? 

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Mastakovich is intent on marrying the heiress as soon as he discovers her dowry, even though she's only 11 at the time. He's a creep and scares her by kissing her without asking, but manages to redirect his anger for his missteps (anger that they were unsuccessful; he's unremorseful about being so creepy) at the poor little boy who protects her from his advances. He manages to recover from these mistakes, however, by acting sociable with and flattering her parents until they invite him to come visit.

It is clear that the heiress is still as sad on her wedding day as she was at the Christmas party because she looks like she's recently been crying as she walks down the aisle. The moral of this story is that some rich people do not interact with each other out of desire for genuine companionship, but out of want of money, and that this makes them into sad and manipulative creatures. The governess's son, the only poor child at the Christmas party, who defends the heiress against...

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