Summary of “Towels with a cock” Bulgakov

The work of M. Bulgakov “Towel with a Rooster” tells the reader about the life of a young doctor in the provinces. According to the distribution after the medical university, he is in the village of Murievo, where he must take the post of chief physician. Before him, this place was occupied by a certain Leopold Leopoldovich, an experienced and knowledgeable doctor. After Leopold Leopoldovich, the hero finds in the hospital a rather rich library – all the shelves are clogged with medical literature, and the number of instruments exceeds all possible expectations of the hero. The thought of the hero most of all takes fear: will he be able to do those operations that will be required. At night, he falls asleep with great difficulty – before her eyes there are hernias, inflammations, tumors, all this has to be either cut or removed.

The next night, everything repeats: fear prevents sleep, the soul of the hero “scrape the cat,” he mentally scolds himself for his fear and inexperience. Suddenly a man runs into the room. His gaze is insane, his sheepskin coat is unbuttoned, his beard is falling. The runner with a cry falls to the floor and is baptized. A young doctor thinks longingly that “something terrible has happened.” The man explains inconsistently – his only daughter has fallen into the mall, and the main thing for him is that she remains alive, even if she remains a cripple. The main character runs to the operating room: a girl is already lying on the table. On the girl’s face, “rare beauty” is already extinct, and the calico skirt on her side is torn and covered with blood stains. The paramedic breaks the skirt with a sharp movement, and the doctor sees a terrible picture: almost one foot is missing, the knee is shattered, muscles and bones stick out in all directions. The doctor orders to prick her camphor, hoping that this will speed up the death of the crippled...

girl. But she continues to live, and a secondary injection of camphor does not change the matter. The doctor understands that he will have to “make amputation for the first time in his life on a fading person” …

A quarter of an hour passes. The girl is still alive. The doctor takes a knife in his hands and begins the operation. Eternal fear disappears somewhere, the operation is successful. But the doctor is waiting for the patient to die – he thinks that because of the large loss of blood, she will not survive. After completing the operation, he with a sigh washes his hands bloodstained on the elbow and hears how the dry cry of the girl’s father is heard in the waiting room… The evening comes, the hospital is quieting down. A young doctor is going to go to his room and asks the paramedic about one thing: “when you die, be sure to send for me.” All evening he sits in the room and with fear awaits that they are about to knock. The knock does not sound… We only knocked after two and a half months. The girl’s father came in. His eyes shone. Then there was a rustle and “on one of two crutches jumped the charming beauty of a one-legged girl.” The doctor writes a referral to Moscow, where she will be given a prosthesis. The girl blushes, and then, hanging on crutches, unfolds the bundle.

In her hands is a “long, snow-white towel with an artless red embroidered cock.” She embroidered this towel all the time that she was lying in the hospital, and hid under the pillow on examinations. The doctor tries to refuse the gift, but in the eyes of the girl there is such sadness that you can not refuse…. Many years later this towel hung in the doctor’s bedroom until it “decayed, faded and disappeared, as memories fade away.” This concludes the work of M. Bulgakov “Towel with a Cock”.


Summary of “Towels with a cock” Bulgakov