The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers

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glanced at her husband, who stood with his head down, collar crackling, cheeks inflated, as if investigating with great interest whether he really had shoes on both feet and whether they had been properly polished. "Yes, that's how life is. Please don't forget your walking stick. I do hope we'll see each other again."

"Of course, we shall. Friday. What day is it today?" Negarat became anxious, the way all those who leave become anxious.

"Wednesday. Is it not Wednesday, Vika? Yes, Wednesday."

"Ecoutez." Finally their father spoke. "Demain. . . ." and taking Negarat's arm, they walked downstairs together.


5

They talked as they walked along. Zhenya from time to time had to break into a light trot in order not to be left behind and to keep up with Seryozha. They walked very fast, her coat sliding back and forth, because she had her hands in her pockets and was steering herself with her arms in order to get up more speed. The thin ice broke with a crunch under their rubbers. They were going to buy a gift for Mama to give their departing friend. And they talked as they walked along.

"They took him to the railway station?"

"Yes."

"But why did he sit in the straw?"

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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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