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, , Pushkin , , . 3.5 stars This classic Russian short story is an odd, mystical tale of greed and avarice, and the choices we make in life A group of military men is gambling at cards, a few of them commenting on how one of the group, a German named Hermann, never gambles Another man then tells how his grandmother had been told some mysterious method of a sure bet in playing and guessing three cards I don t quite get the game here, other than that one predicts the number of the card that is drawn from the deck, but it s not really important But with one exception, this mean grandmother has refused all her life to share her card playing secret with anyone not even her own kids Geez, Grandma, have a heart Hermann is convinced that this card game secret is the way out of his financial problems, if he can just get Grandmamma to talk to him and tell him the secret He decides that romancing the grandmother s innocent young ward Lizaveta will be his way in.Some very strange stuff goes down I haven t figured out whether it s truly spooky paranormal stuff or whether Hermann is just losing his mind over this I think the author deliberately left it ambiguous If you like rather cryptic Russian short stories, this is worth a look It s an old story, so there are several free copies floating around on the web, including here at this link At first read this story didn t strike me a particularly profound, but there are literary folks who consider it a masterpiece, so maybe I just didn t search deeply enough for meaning Also, although this is on Gutenberg, don t read that version it s been edited and some significant pieces to the story have been deleted A better version is the one I linked above, but even that one is missing Pushkin s epigraphs at the beginning of each of the 6 chapters of the original story, that add some depth to the story I couldn t find an English version of this story with the epigraphs, so I ll copy them here for your edification, courtesy of Cummings Study Guide Narrator s Epigraphs and Statements Chapter 1 Topic Gambling The Queen of Spades denotes secret ill will From the latest Fortune Teller In the cold, rain, and sleet They together would meet To play Lord, forgive them their sin Gambling, late to win They d stay They won and they lost, And put down the cost In chalk So on cold autumn days They wasted no time In talk K Ryleev and A Bestuzhev Chapter 2 Topic A Conversation II parait que monsieur est d cid ment pour les suivantes Que voulez vous, madame Elles sont plus fra ches A Society Conversation It appears, Monsieur, that you clearly prefer the maids Would you wish me otherwise, Madame They are much fresher Chapter 3 Topic Writing Letters Vous m ecrivez, mon ange, des lettres de quatre pages plus vite que je ne puis les lire A Correspondence My angel, you write me four page letters so fast that I am not able to read them Chapter 4 Topic Morality and Religion Homme sans moeurs et sans religion A Correspondence A man without morals or religion Chapter 5 Topic A Vision That night the dead Baroness von W appeared to me She was all in white and said How do you do, Mr Councillor Swedenborg Comment This fabricated quotation appears at the beginning of the chapter in which Hermann has a vision of the old countess Chapter 6 Topic Angry Reaction Attendez How dare you say attendez to me Your excellency, I said attendez, sir Attendez wait CSG Comment The reply of the important person appears to be one that Napoleon might have had made when addressed improperly by an underling Hermann, of course, has become like Napoleon in his obsession to conquer the world of cards The author, Alexander Pushkin, is a well regarded 19th century Russian author He lived a brief but exciting life and died at only age 37, shot in a duel by a man Pushkin had accused of having an affair with his Pushkin s wife I was motivated to read this by my friend Debbie s review. [E-pub] ⚔ Пиковая дама ♷ The Queen Of Spades Russian Pikovaya Dama Is An Acclaimed Short Story By Alexander Pushkin About Human Avariciousness Pushkin Wrote The Story In AutumnIn Boldino And It Was First Published In Literary Magazine Biblioteka Dlya Chteniya InIt Was Turned Into The Opera The Queen Of Spades By Tchaikovsky Money often costs too muchRalph Waldo Emerson The Queen of Spades is a well paced, clever, engaging short story which examines gambling and the seemingly limitless capacity of the human heart for purewellselfishness and greed It had me hooked, rapidly turning the pages right up until the very end Pushkin s prose was delightful, rich yet succinct, and also quite lively He clearly had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, or at least that s how I interpreted it In fact, I can t for the life of me understand why the story is referred to as chilling on this website, as it frequently appeared to wink and grin at the reader in much the same way as view spoiler the countess sinister specter mocked and toyed with the ever charming young Hermann hide spoiler , , . Writer and Poet Aleksander Pushkin, Palekh School of Painting.RUSSIAN writers have a way of telling stories that have you gripped on the edge of your chair and your eyes hooked on the written word You neither leave your chair nor take your eyes of the book till you have read the last word And then the story gets etched in your mind forever like a stupendous photograph Alexander Pushkin s The Queen of Spades starts at the house of a cavalry officer where gambling has just ended There are the winners with lit up faces and then there are the losers with faces hanging down.Altai Palace Casino One of the gamblers asks Herman, a German, as to why he never plays cards or rather gambles The latter replies, Play interests me greatly, but I hardly care to sacrifice the necessaries of life for uncertain superficial things His friend Tomsky explains that since Herman was a German, therefore he tended to be economical But the person he found most difficult to understand was his 80 year old grandmother, the Countess Anna Fedorovna, who never gambled Nobody found this to be surprising as nobody expected such an old woman to gamble Then Tomsky starts telling a story about the Countess by taking the listeners 60 years back when she was only 20 and known as the Muscovite Venus He goes on that she had gone to Paris where all the ladies loved playing faro and once while playing with the Duke of Orleans, she lost an enormous amount He continues that her husband refused to help her, so she was left with no alternative but to ask for help from a friend of hers, Count Saint Germain, the one who discovered the elixir of life, the philosopher s stone, and many other equally marvellous things Tromsky emphasizes that the Count was ready to give Countess Anna a loan but warns her that she would not enjoy a moment s rest until she had returned it it would only add to her embarrassment The story teller elucidates that the Count then told her a secret which would free her from her burden for good Everybody s curiosity is raised on hearing this part of the story Three of a kind aka set Mr Pushkin writes Tomsky lit his pipe, took a few whiffs, then continued The next evening, grandmother appeared at Versailles at the Queen s gaming table The Duke of Orleans was the dealer Grandmother made some excuse for not having brought any money, and began to punt She chose three cards in succession, again and again, winning every time, and was soon out of debt So you have a grandmother who knows three winning cards, and you haven t found outthe magic secret Tomsky immediately makes it clear that he had not.A deadly combination Now Herman wants to learn the winning combination of cards at all costs, as they have workedthan once for their gamblers But will he belonging to a noble profession a young officer of the Engineering Corps do it by hook or by crook Or will he use the ward of the Countess, a young girl called Lisaveta, as a trump card He does write to her a beautiful romantic note which sets her heart beating at the speed of a bullet train But little does she realize that it has been plagiarized from a German novel Or will Herman enter the Countess s house on tiptoes in the dead of night to request her to reveal the secret of the cards Will Herman turn into a millionaire when the story ends Or will he turn into a pauper at a certain gambling table Winking Woman Somewhere in the story you will meet a ghost, you will go on a round of a sanatorium, you will meet a winking woman, you will attend a funeral, you will watch the stakes at a popular gambling house, and you will visit the beautiful city of St Petersburg In which order and why I won t tell you What I will tell you is read the story and read it now as tomorrow never comes A casino for the jet set in Moscow. 5 5 This is a classic light fantasy thriller I won t discuss the content much, you must enjoy the story yourself The story hit me hard at the climax I put spoiler tag for further discussion view spoiler This story has some techniques that has become troupes nowadays The author used the troupes beautifully, it is not so easy to copy them The title that actually a spoiler for climax before climax, my intention was to gave this story 2 3 star, the twist is that good , and rule of three that executed flawlessly how many times I read the rule of three jokes or stories, but still I didn t expected on this one Alexander Pushkin is a true master of storytelling hide spoiler Alexander Pushkin is widely known as Russia s master poet He also published a variety of stories and his best known prose is The Queen of Spades, first published in 1833 Later a Tchaikovsky opera, The Queen of Spades is a short tale of greed that left me intrigued throughout Hermann the officer was in need of money desperately He found out from his comrade Tomsky that his grandmother Countess Anna Fedorovna once got out of debt by winning in cards Her tale is sixty years old and as it ages, it has taken on mythic proportions On an additional instance, Countess Fedorovna assisted a young officer in getting out of his own debt Thus, gentlemen seek out the Countess in their greed in hopes that her card skills will bring them wealth Pushkin uses a young woman to create an additional angle to his short yet evoking story as he counters lust against greed As a result, multiple storylines are packed into this tale that is short in length yet long in depth One can see where the scenes with the Countess and young woman translate well to the stage Tchaikovsky s production must have been equally compelling The Queen of Spades is shrewd and lustful and presents a side of Pushkin that may not be revealed in his poetry This story contains many elements that keep me reading a full length novel lust, greed, ghosts, and intrigue My edition was in a volume of Russian crime and thriller stories of varying lengths Pushkin s work is just an entry to the abundance of thrilling Russian stories that I am interested in reading A compelling 4 star read, it would be thrilling to see The Queen of Spades on stage. Pikovaya dama The Queen of Spades, Alexander PushkinThe Queen of Spades Russian Pikovaya dama is a short story with supernatural elements by Alexander Pushkin about human avarice Pushkin wrote the story in autumn 1833 in Boldino and it was first published in the literary magazine Biblioteka dlya chteniya in March 1834 The story was the basis of the operas The Queen of Spades 1890 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, La dame de pique 1850 by Fromental Hal vy and Pique Dame 1864 by Franz von Supp the overture to the Supp work is all that remains in today s repertoire It has been filmed numerous times.Hermann, an ethnic German, is an officer of the engineers in the Imperial Russian Army He constantly watches the other officers gamble, but never plays himself One night, Tomsky tells a story about his grandmother, an elderly countess Many years ago, in France, she lost a fortune at cards, and then won it back with the secret of the three winning cards, which she learned from the notorious Count of St Germain Hermann becomes obsessed with obtaining the secret The countess who is now 87 years old has a young ward, Lizavyeta Ivanovna Hermann sends love letters to Lizavyeta, and persuades her to let him into the house There Hermann accosts the countess, demanding the secret She first tells him that story was a joke, but Hermann refuses to believe her He repeats his demands, but she does not speak He draws a pistol and threatens her, and the old lady dies of fright Hermann then flees to the apartment of Lizavyeta in the same building There he confesses to have killed the countess by fright with his pistol He defends himself by saying that the pistol was not loaded He escapes from the house with the aid of Lizavyeta, who is disgusted to learn that his professions of love were a mask for greed Hermann attends the funeral of the countess, and is terrified to see the countess open her eyes in the coffin and look at him Later that night, the ghost of the countess appears The ghost names the secret three cards three, seven, ace , tells him he must play just once each night and then orders him to marry Lizavyeta Hermann takes his entire savings to Chekalinsky s salon, where wealthy men gamble for high stakes On the first night, he bets it all on the three and wins On the second night, he wins on the seven On the third night, he bets on the ace but when cards are shown, he finds he has bet on the Queen of Spades, rather than the ace, and loses everything When the Queen appears to wink at him, he is astonished by her remarkable resemblance to the old countess, and flees in terror In a short conclusion, Pushkin writes that Lizavyeta marries the son of the Countess former steward, a state official who makes a good salary Hermann, however, goes mad and is committed to an asylum He is installed in Room 17 at the Obuhov hospital he answers no questions, but merely mutters with unusual rapidity Three, seven, ace Three, seven, queen 1968 1327 59 19 1383 1901799 18371799 1862 18501840 1893 1890