Opens the poem of stanzas about the beautiful nature, torn by the storms of violence and arbitrariness of Greece, the country of the heroic past, bent under the heels of the invaders: “Here and these islands: / Here – Greece, she is dead; / But in the coffin is good; / One scares: where Is there a soul in it? ” Intimidating the peaceful population of the blossoming valleys, a gloomy figure of the demonic horseman appears on the horizon, a stranger both for the enslaved and for the enslavers, eternally bearing the burden of the fatal curse. Symbolical is his name, which literally meansRead More →

Robin Hood – one of the few, together with King Arthur, the legendary hero of English ballads, who went beyond the framework of folklore and became an important cultural reality – on the topic of ballads about him are written secondary literary works, include performances, numerous films and the like. A noble robber lived with his detachment in the Sherwood forest, hunted game, feasted, robbed the rich, gave the conquered to the poor, brought trouble to the foresters, the sheriff. Was there really Robin Hood? Scientists have conducted a number of studies and believe that the events described actually occurred during the reign of theRead More →

Lucian Conversations in the realm of the dead I. Diogenes and Polydeuces Once again Diogenes returns to the land Polidevka Diogenes gives instructions. He must pass on the cunea of ​​Menippus (ridiculing all idle philosophers-debaters) that in the realm of the dead he will have even more occasions for mirth and ridicule, for here tyrants, rich men and satraps are utterly pathetic and powerless. And he advises all philosophers to stop senseless disputes. To the rich, Diogenes tells him to tell him that he does not need to save jewelry, collecting talent for talon, for soon they will go underground, where they will need onlyRead More →

Brendan Bien Hostage Action I The raznotsherstnye inhabitants of a Dublin house this evening were in a state more nervous and animated than usual: the master, Musya, displayed heart-rending passages on bagpipes; female prostitutes ruffled with the damaging fishery of former young men – Rio Rita and Princess Grace; one girl made a scandal because her client turned out to be a Pole, that is, a Communist, but his pounders still reconciled a good Catholic with the prospect of unnatural communication; in the room of Mr. Mallidi caught a member of the charitable company of Miss Gilchrist and expelled with disgrace, although it was enoughRead More →

Part one. Fugitives Pioneer detachment was encamped near the estate of Count Karagaev. Komsomolets, who led the detachment, went to serve in the army, and in his place appointed Misha Polyakov. His leading work began with an emergency: two guys fled to Spain to beat the fascists. About this Misha learned, after returning from Moscow, where he traveled on business. Together with him came Mikhail Korovin, a former homeless child, and now a labor colonist. The director of their children’s home, Boris Sergeevich, decided to found a work commune in the estate, and sent Korovin to inspect the house. Misha, however, believed that there wouldRead More →

The general prologue In spring, in April, when the earth wakes from hibernation, on all sides of England flock of pilgrims to the abbey of Canterbury bow to the relics of St. Thomas Becket. Once in Tabard’s tavern, in Sauerk, a rather diverse company of pilgrims gathered, all of whom were united: they all kept their way to Canterbury. There were twenty-nine of them. During dinner, many of the guests had time to get acquainted and talk. The guests were of different ranks and occupation, which, incidentally, did not prevent them from supporting a casual conversation. Among them was the Knight, known all over theRead More →

The main events described in the saga are considered historically reliable, they date back to 962-978; visy (verse stanzas) attributed to Gisli, probably composed much later. Thorbjorn marries the Torah, and they have children: the daughter of Tordis, the eldest son of Torkel and the middle Gisli. Nearby lives a man named Bard, who wants to get the daughter of Torbjorn Tordis, and Gisli resists and pierces his sword. Torquel goes to Skeggy Drachun, the Bard’s family, and incites him to avenge Bard and take Tordis to his wife. Gisli cuts Skeggi’s leg off, and this duel multiplies the glory of Gisli. Sceggi’s sons driveRead More →

In the evening, Stets played cards. Among those present was Thomas Garvey, a young man who was stranded in Lisse because of a serious illness. During the game, Harvey heard a woman’s voice, clearly pronounced: “Running on the waves.” And the rest of the players did not hear anything. The day before, Harvey watched from the window of the tavern as a girl descended from the steamer, who was behaving as if she had been secretly subordinated to herself and the people. The next morning, Thomas went to find out where the stranger struck him, and found out that her name was Beech Senyel. ForRead More →

KA Fedin Cities and years In the autumn of 1919 Andrey Startsov comes from the city of Mordovia Semidol to Petrograd. He was mobilized in the army and arrived at the duty station. But instead of the expected dispatch to the front, Andrei is left a clerk at the headquarters. Soon Rita comes to see him – a woman with whom he was close in Semidol and who now expects a child from him. At the same time in Moscow, the German Council of Soldiers’ Deputies is a man who calls himself corporal Conrad Stein. He wants to return to his homeland, to Germany. CheckingRead More →

One morning, Buddha wandered alone along the shore of a paradise pond. He stopped in thought and suddenly saw everything that was happening on the bottom of the Lotus Pond, reaching to the very depths of the underworld. A lot of sinners were crowding down there. The Buddha’s eyes fell on one of them. His name was Kandata, and he was a terrible robber: he killed, robbed, set fire to, but still there was one good deed in his account. Once in the thicket of the forest, he nearly stepped on a tiny spider, but at the last moment felt sorry for him and removedRead More →

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