Magazine article Russian Life

On Frailty: A Maslenitsa Theme for a Sermon

Magazine article Russian Life

On Frailty: A Maslenitsa Theme for a Sermon

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Court Counselor Semyon Petrovich Podtykin sat down at table, spread a napkin over his chest and, burning with impatience, awaited the moment when the bliny would be brought... Before him, as before a general surveying the field of battle, was an impressive picture... In the middle of the table stood a single line of slender bottles, to attention on parade. There were three varieties of vodka, some Kiev liqueur, Chateau La Rose, Rheinwein and even a potbellied vessel containing an elixir brewed by Benedictine monks. Around the drinks, in aesthetically pleasing chaos were squeezed herrings in mustard sauce, sprats, sour cream, unpressed caviar (3 rubles 40 kopecks a pound), fresh salmon etc.. Podtykin looked over the scene and greedily swallowed his saliva... His eyes filled with greasy tears, and he smirked lustfully...

"Look, do you have to take so long?" he winced, addressing his wife. "Hurry up, Katya!"

And then, at last the cook came in with the bliny. …

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