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by Anton Chekhov

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Why are there many soldiers in the house all the time?  Do they live there?  Why aren't they living in a military barracks and doing something? 

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The father, now deceased, was an important military officer, probably a general, in this outlying town, far from Moscow.  His house was a mansion, probably the biggest house in the small town, where he raised his three daughters and hosted semi-official gatherings for the officers, who were also far from their families in Moscow and elsewhere.  The military was an elitist social circle; it served as a social gathering place for...

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