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Shelves: russian , stories-and-novellas-for-this-life , pushkinism Avarice. The insatiable desire for wealth. That thing that tears family and friends apart. That moves the world in different directions. That creates in people the worst feelings and intentions. And a huge void that nothing can fill: Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything. This short story, written by Pushkin in , describes avarice with a brilliant writing and a witty plot.

A little fella named Hermann enjoyed watching other people play cards. He never played Avarice. He never played because he was not in the position to sacrifice the necessary in the hope of winning the superfluous, even though he was a gamester at heart.

She lost a lot of money and turned to some Count to ask for help because her husband refused to pay that debt. Why should I not try my fortune? I must get introduced to her and win her favour--become her lover But all that will take time, and she is eighty-seven years old: she might be dead in a week, in a couple of days even! I mean, his thoughts are quite sad because Yes, a myriad of moral dilemmas yada yada yada.

It is still funny. There are several humorous and amusing passages I enjoyed reading. I have never read Pushkin before. Dostoyevsky led me to him. One great writer leads you to another, you know how this is. Ringing any bells? Pushkin had a short yet intense life; he died at 37 while fighting a duel because some guy wanted to seduce his wife. Not a nice way to go. Nevertheless, he left us many gifts to enjoy. Poems, plays, novels, short stories, you name it. There are also a couple of unfinished works created by his enchanting pen.

Here it is: Alexander the Great, as a military commander, was undefeated and the most successful throughout history. On his way home from conquering many countries, he came down with an illness. At that moment, his captured territories, powerful army, sharp swords, and wealth all had no meaning to him. He realized that death would soon arrive and he would be unable to return to his homeland. I have three final wishes. You need to carry out what I tell you. But can you tell us why you want us to do it this way?

Especially when they face death, the physicians are powerless. I hope people will learn to treasure their lives. My second wish is to tell people not to be like me in pursuing wealth. I spent my whole life pursuing wealth, but I was wasting my time most of the time. My third wish to let people understand that I came to this world in empty hands and I will leave this world also in empty hands. Three, seven, ace!


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