The daughter of the senior scribe of the orphaned court Burminova Sashenka fell ill. The doctor diagnosed: “apathy, anemia and rickety build” and prescribed a medicine – fresh air, Crimea, sea bathing and good nutrition. But with a father’s salary, there’s nothing to think about. However, Sasha does not want anything – except in a green garden, like a godmother. But you can not go to the godparent, and the father takes her to the city garden, but not as often as we would like, because the horse costs as much as 44 kopecks.
Ilya Samoilovich conceived the idea of turning a wasteland into a garden, where the pigs are now splashing in the mud. With this idea, he “as a true fanatic” goes to the Duma, newspapers, etc., but there is no result. “To the image of Sasha”, “the pale faces of many hundreds of other children” panting “” in the cellars and attics “joined them.” Only on the day of his daughter’s funeral, he sees workers start to make a garden in the wasteland, and weeps: “Now and our little children your garden will be. And can we go riding on horseback, Yakovlevna? It’s not a joke – 44 kopecks back and forth. “