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Iona Potapov is grieving over the death of his son. He tries to tell people what he is feeling and thinking, but nobody shows interest or pity for a forlorn old cab driver. The theme of the story is contained in the epigraph, which reads:

"To whom shall I tell my grief?"

It's a good question to which many of us would like to know the answer.

To Potapov it is a event of great importance. He thinks it is especially strange that a father should outlive his son. He might feel some relief if he were able to share his grief with another human being--but all the passengers he picks up are preoccupied with their own thoughts and plans. Finally Potapov decides to...

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