Vlasov house (VLAH-sof). Home of protagonist Pavel Vlasov located on the outskirts of an unnamed Russian town. In the main room of the small gray house, Pavel gathers together his ever changing circle of radicals, and a feeling of affinity with the suffering workers of the world is born. There also, Pavel’s mother, Pelagueya Vlasova, is slowly drawn into the lives and work of the revolutionaries. The house becomes a center of radical activity as well as the focus of observation by police spies and is the target of several police raids.
Factory. The unnamed town is dominated by the tall black smokestacks of the factory, in which grime-faced workers have their life force sucked out of them through working in horrid conditions for sub-subsistence wages. Disguised as a food vendor, Pelagueya goes to the factory’s yard secretly to distribute literature to sympathetic workers in order to foment labor strikes. Led by Pavel, workers in the factory refuse to work and instead join a parade that assembles in the churchyard to celebrate May Day. Their parade is stopped by a gray wall of soldiers with fixed bayonets who charge the marchers and arrest Pavel and nineteen other demonstrators.
Ivanovich’s house. Secluded home of Nikolay Ivanovich, a revolutionary friend of Pavel, to which Pelagueya goes to stay after Pavel is arrested. Strategy meetings...
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