After the end of the Viennese Council, the emperor Alexander Pavlovich decides “to go through Europe and see the wonders of different countries.” The Don Cossack Platov, who belongs to him, is not surprised by “outlandishness”, because he knows: in Russia “its not worse”.
In the latest kunstkammer, among the “nymphosoria” collected from around the world, the sovereign buys a flea, which although small, but knows how to “dance”. Soon Alexander “from military affairs is melancholy,” and he returns to his homeland, where he dies. Nikolai Pavlovich, who ascended to the throne, appreciates the flea, but, since he does not like to yield to foreigners, sends Platov along with the flea to the Tula masters. Platov “and with him all of Russia” are called to support the three Tula. They go to bow to the icon of St. Nicholas, and then lock themselves in the small house at the oblique Lefty, but even after finishing their work, they refuse to give Platov a “secret”, and he has to take Lefty to Petersburg. Nikolai Pavlovich and his daughter, Alexander Timofeevna, discover that the “abdominal machine” does not work in a flea. Angry Platov executes and flouts Lefty, and the one who does not admit defect and advises to look at the flea in the strongest “melkoscope.” But the attempt turns out to be unsuccessful, and Levsha orders “just one foot in detail under
Now this is already “the business of the past days,” but tradition should not be forgotten, despite the “epic character” of the hero and the “fabulous warehouse” of the legend. Lefty’s name, like many other geniuses, is lost, but the folk myth about him accurately conveyed the spirit of the era. And although the machines do not condone the “aristocratic expulsion, the workers themselves recall the antiquity and their epic with the” human soul, “with pride and love.