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Unformatted text preview: Hannan Merritt Discussion Notes Peasants 9/17/07 An interesting piece of the story that I noticed was on Page 19 when Chekhov talks about the disconnect that happens with peasants when it comes to paganism and the church. The parish church was nearly five miles away and the peasants only attended it when they had to do so for baptisms, weddings, or funerals. Although Anton Chekhov wrote this story the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church is very heavy. I couldnt begin to count how many times God Is mentioned. Just one example of this is on page 6, when Olga says You read and the good Christian people will listen. The inclusion of a village elder in the Chekhov story is interesting because it is the mention of a village leader that is not royalty having some sort of power. This village elder is more of a tax man who is looking to collect the money owed to him when he steals a samovar from the Tchikildyeevs cottage (17). There arent any parallels that can be drawn between the village elder and the Saints of Christianity...
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course RUS FSEM taught by Professor Galloway during the Fall '08 term at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
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