The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers

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Her dark foreboding came true. On the pleasure ride she noticed clearly that the air was growing milder and that the rattling of the hoofs sounded muffled. Even before she had lit the carriage lamps, dry flakes whirled through the air. They weren't over the bridge before the individual flakes vanished and the snow fell as a thick, closely packed mass. Davlecha climbed down from the driver's seat and put up the leather hood. For Zhenya and Seryozha it became dark and cavern-like. They would have liked to rage like the wild storm. They only noticed that Davlecha was driving home because they again heard the bridge under Vykormish's hoofs. The roads could no longer be recognized--they were gone. The night closed in suddenly, the town looked like a crazy thing, moving countless thick, pale lips. Seryozha knelt on the seat, leaned out of the carriage and ordered the coachman to drive to the vocational school. Zhenya was lost in rapture when the secrets and charm of winter came to her with the echo of Seryozha's words through the muffled air. Davlecha shouted back at him that they had to return home so as not to exhaust the horse; the master and mistress were going to the theater and the horses must be harnessed to the sleigh. This reminded Zhenya that her parents were going out tonight and they would be left alone in the house. She decided to sit cozily by the lamp till late into the night reading Tales of Murr the Tomcat, which were not intended for children. She would sneak the book out of Mama's bedroom. And chocolate--she would read and

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Table of contents

  • 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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