In 1811, Mr.. lived in his estate with his wife and daughter Masha Gavrilovich R. He was hospitable, and many enjoyed his hospitality, and some came for Marya Gavrilovna. But Marya Gavrilovna was in love with the poor army ensign named Vladimir, who was on holiday in his village next door. Young lovers, believing that the will of parents hinders their happiness, decided to dispense with the blessing, that is, to marry secretly, and then rush to the feet of parents who, of course, will be touched by the constancy of the children, forgive and bless them. This plan belonged to Vladimir, but Marya Gavrilovna finally succumbed to his persuasion of fleeing. She was to be followed by a sleigh to take her to the neighboring village of Zhadrino, where it was decided to get married and where Vladimir was already supposed to wait for her.
In the evening appointed for the flight, Marya Gavrilovna was in great agitation, refused dinner, citing a headache, and left early for herself. At the
agreed time, she went out into the garden. On the road waiting for her coachman Vladimir with the sleigh. In the yard a snowstorm raged.
Vladimir himself spent all this day in trouble: he needed to persuade the priest, as well as to find witnesses. After settling these matters, he himself, riding in a small sleigh in a horse, went to Zhadrino, but, as soon as he left for the outskirts, a snowstorm rose, due to which Vladimir lost his way and wandered all night in search of a road. At dawn, he only reached Zhadrin and found the church locked up.
And Marya Gavrilovna in the morning, as if nothing had happened, left her room and answered her parents’ questions about her well-being calmly, but in the evening she became very feverish. In delirium she repeated Vladimir’s name, spoke about her secret, but her words were so incoherent that her mother understood nothing, except that the daughter was in love with the neighbor’s landowner and that love must have been the cause of the illness. And the parents decided to give Masha for Vladimir. At the invitation Vladimir replied with a confused and incomprehensible
letter, in which he wrote that his feet would not be in their house, and asked to forget about him. A few days later he went to the army. This happened in 1812 and after a while his name was printed among the distinguished and wounded at Borodin. This news saddened Masha, and soon died Gavrila Gavrilovich, leaving her his heir.
“Meanwhile, the war with glory was over.” The regiments returned from abroad. On the estate of Marya Gavrilovna there appeared the wounded hussar colonel Burmin, who came on vacation to his estate, which was nearby. Maria Gavrilovna and Burmin felt that they liked each other, but something kept everyone from taking a decisive step. Once Burmin came to visit and found Marya Gavrilovna in the garden. He announced to Marya Gavrilovna that she loved her, but could not become her husband, since he was already married, but did not know who his wife was, where she was alive. And he told her an amazing story, how in the beginning of 1812 he went from vacation to regiment and during a severe blizzard lost his way. Seeing a light in the distance, he went to him and drove to an open church, near which stood a sleigh and people were going impatiently. They behaved as if they were waiting for him. In the church sat a young lady, with whom Burmina was put in front of the tax. It was unforgivable frivolity. When the wedding ceremony was over, the young men were offered to kiss, and the girl, glancing at Burmin, with a cry of “not he, not he” fell down without memory. Burmin left the church unimpeded and left. And now he does not know what happened to his wife, what her name is, and does not even know where the wedding took place. The servant who was with him at that time died, so there is no way to find this woman. what happened to his wife, what her name is, and does not even know where the wedding took place. The servant who was with him at that time died, so there is no way to find this woman. what happened to his wife, what her name is, and does not even know where the wedding took place. The servant who was with him at that time died, so there is no way to find this woman.
“My God, my God,” said Marya Gavrilovna, grabbing his hand, “it was you, and you do not recognize me?” Burmin turned pale and rushed to her feet.