Reminiscences of Tolstoy

Reminiscences of Tolstoy

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Reminiscences of Tolstoy

Reminiscences of Tolstoy

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I RETAIN very vivid recollections of the Christmas trees of our childhood. How gay it was when all the guests gathered at Christmas, the Dyakófs, the Fets, and Uncle Kóstya, bringing us presents and heaps of sweetmeats; for some days we lived in anxious expectation and preparation, guessing what presents each would get, and passed our time building castles in the air.

Already two weeks before Christmas, mama would go into Tula, and buy a number of rough wooden dolls, and we set to work to make dresses for them. For this purpose she had been collecting remnants of various cloths, scraps of ribbon, and snippets of chintz and velvet, in the chest of drawers, for a whole year. She brought her big black bundle triumphantly into the zala, and we all sat at the round table, needle in hand, and spent hours busily sewing various petticoats, trowsers, and caps, and adorning them with gold lace and ribbon; and we were delighted when the naked strips of wood, with their . . .

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