Taras Bulba and Other Tales

Taras Bulba and Other Tales

Taras Bulba and Other Tales

Taras Bulba and Other Tales

Synopsis

Gogol was a Ukrainian writer from the early 19th century. Taras Bulba is the story of the life of the Ukrainian Cossacks who lived during the 16th century. Taras Bulba is an old warrior who takes his sons on a training mission. He becomes their leader and lays siege on the Catholic Poles. When they are about to attack a walled city his son discovers that the woman he loves is in the city. Other stories included in this collection are St John's Eve, The Cloak, How the Two Ivans Quarrelled, The Mysterious Portrait, and The Calash.

Excerpt

“Turn round, my boy! How ridiculous you look! What sort of a priest’s cassock have you got on? Does everybody at the academy dress like that?”

With such words did old Bulba greet his two sons, who had been absent for their education at the Royal Seminary of Kief, and had now returned home to their father.

His sons had but just dismounted from their horses. They were a couple of stout lads who still looked bashful, as became youths recently released from the seminary. Their firm healthy faces were covered with the first down of manhood, down which had, as yet, never known a razor. They were greatly discomfited by such a reception from their father, and stood motionless with eyes fixed upon the ground.

“Stand still, stand still! let me have a good look at you,” he continued, turning them round. “How long your gaberdines are! What gaberdines! There never were such gaberdines in the world before. Just run, one of you! I want to see whether you will not get entangled in the skirts, and fall down.”

“Don’t laugh, don’t laugh, father!” said the eldest lad at length.

“How touchy we are! Why shouldn’t I laugh?”

“Because, although you are my father, if you laugh, by heavens, I will strike you!”

“What kind of a son are you? what, strike your father!” exclaimed Taras Bulba, retreating several paces in amazement.

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