The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers

By Boris Pasternak | Go to book overview

undisturbed, it grows crooked, grows only roots or wastes itself upon a single leaf, for it forgets that it must take the universe as its model and, once it has brought forth one out of a thousand possible things, it continues to bring forth the same thing a thousand times.

To ensure that no dead branches remain in the soul to hinder its growth, and that man does not inject his stupidities into the creation of his immortal being, many things are provided to divert his trivial curiosity from life, which does not like to work in his presence and avoids his scrutiny in every possible way. Among these diversions are all genuine religions, all generally accepted ideas and all human prejudices, including the most brilliant and interesting psychology.

The children had already gotten over their first illnesses. Concepts such as punishment, retribution, reward and justice had already, in childish form, penetrated their souls, diverted their consciousness and let life do anything with them that it thought necessary, essential and good.


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Miss Hawthorne would not have left, except that Mrs. Luvers, in one of her motiveless outbursts of tenderness toward the children, spoke sharply to the governess apropos of nothing very important and the Englishwoman disappeared. Shortly thereafter she was imper

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface 1
  • I- The Long Days 7
  • I- The Long Days 7
  • 2 12
  • 3 21
  • 4 28
  • 5 33
  • II- The Stranger 37
  • II- The Stranger 37
  • 2 42
  • 3 45
  • 4 48
  • 5 51
  • 6 56
  • 7 64
  • 8 74
  • 9 82
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