The Queen of Spades by Pushkin (written in 1833)
"The countess had not a bad heart, but she had been spoiled by the world, and had become capricious, mean, and egotistical…"
Hermann, a German by blood and one who refuses to wage “a necessity for a doubtful luxury”, hanging out in Russia unfortunately hears from a companion that there is a countess that holds the key to always winning a card game. He goes in a reckless search of this countess to find out the magic numbers (a set of 3 cards), even breaking a heart along the way, all for money.
This story by the reclaimed Pushkin (known as the man who started Russian literature) tells us a tale on the inane nature of avarice some people die for. Pushkin’s poetic makeup is evident in this artistic story, through an apparition and the hidden messages in the characters themselves (representing different empires in the 1800s and the Russian propensity of pity). The Queen of Spades begins in a romantic love letter, and ends in a mental hospital, the moral prevailing: insidious desires give you only what you are worthy of, shortcoming of need. Also, listen to what the ghost says, please.
12 Notes/ Hide
- haygoodmd9 likes this
- lucindasaxon reblogged this from khrushchev-is-my-homeboy
- borntoberussian reblogged this from khrushchev-is-my-homeboy and added:
- saintofkillers likes this
- animran likes this
- khrushchev-is-my-homeboy reblogged this from shortfashionstories
- shortfashionstories posted this