Resurrection - Vol. 2

Resurrection - Vol. 2

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Resurrection - Vol. 2

Resurrection - Vol. 2

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The case was likely to be heard in the Senate in about a fortnight, and Nekhliudov intended to be in St. Petersburg before then, and in case the matter were decided adversely in the Senate, he had arranged to submit a petition to the Throne, following the advice of the attorney who had prepared such a petition for this emergency. in case the appeal to the Senate were disallowed —an emergency for which the lawyer counselled to be prepared in view of the weakness of the grounds cited in the writ of appeal—the party of hard labor convicts in which Maslova was included was likely to leave early in June, and in order to be ready to follow Maslova to Siberia, which Nekhliudov was firmly resolved to do, he was obliged to pay an immediate visit to his holdings in the country where he had to straighten out various things.

First of all Nekhliudov proceeded to the Kusminskoye estate, an extensive property with rich black soil, from which he derived his principal revenue. He had lived on this estate in his childhood and early youth, and had visited it twice after reaching man’s estate, and on one occasion, at the request of his mother, he installed there a German as superintendent, going with him through the inventory, so that he was conversant with the condition of the estate and with the relations between the peasants and the office, that is with the landowner. and the relations that existed between the peasants and the office were such that the peasants were in a state of . . .

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