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By Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii

It is a translation of 1 of the only a few Russian serfs' memoirs. Savva Purlevskii recalls his existence in Russian serfdom and the lives of his grandparents, mom and dad, and fellow villagers. He describes relatives communal lifestyles and the serfs' day-by-day interplay with landlords and specialists. Purlevskii got here from an at first wealthy relations that later turned impoverished. Early in his early life, he misplaced his father. Purlevskii didn't have an opportunity to achieve a proper schooling. He lived less than serfdom till 1831 while on the age of 30, he escaped his servitude.

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You had better get some fresh ones. There are some steeds coming from Bitiug, of the Mosolov breed, which are just right for you. ” “Well fellows, as to purchasing I would certainly do so, but I have no more room. ” he replied. ” The lord ordered an exchange of three horses, plus some cash in addition, for one horse; otherwise the horse dealer would never have left him alone. That was how our domestic affairs went. The steward, Ivan Savich Skvoznik, a shrewd person, enjoyed the unquestioned confidence of our lord.

And I told my dad how for a long time I had been so disappointed that I had not found anything while my friends had. My grandma and mother watched in silence, waiting for father’s reproof. ” Thus, the rod was not used but I was required to make several bows to the ground before an icon. (V) I loved my grandmother more than anyone else. But I did not enjoy her support for long. In 1805 she was struck by a serious illness and, after several weeks, passed away. I cried bitterly, apparently not so much because she had died, but mostly because I felt that without her there was nobody to protect me.

I completely misunderstood what these marks were for and why. Only with practice did I master this subtlety. I needed to make one more effort: to learn punctuation marks, quotation marks, semicolons, colons and so on. Although, I hardly understood anything, I learned everything by heart. Then we got to the prayer-book and Psalter. I thoroughly memorized all the passages that the teacher assigned and read them carefully. The master, Ivan Petrovich, lay on the top level of the stove74 and corrected me, though he never paid attention to whether I was reading or speaking from memory.

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