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?
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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