A summary of Tolstoy’s “Holstomer”

A summary of Tolstoy’s “Holstomer”

At the dawn, horses are driven from the bar horse yard. From the entire herd stands a serious, pensive-looking old piebald gelding. He does not show impatience, like all other horses, dutifully waits until old man Nester saddles him, and with sadness watches what is happening, knowing in advance every minute. Having driven the herd to the river, Nester rasmslyvaet gelding and scratching it under the neck, believing that the horse is nice. Merin does not like this shechena, but from delicacy pretends to a grateful person, closes his eyes and shakes his head.

And all of a sudden, for no reason, Nester painfully beats the gelding with a buckle on her dry leg. This incomprehensible evil deed aggravates the gelding, but he does not give a look. Unlike man, the behavior of the old horse

is full of dignity and calm wisdom. When young horses tease the gelding and make him unhappy – a brown filly muddy the water in front of the nose, others push and do not give a passage – he forgives his abusers with invariable dignity and silent pride.

In spite of the repulsive signs of decrepitude, the figure of the golden gelding keeps the calm of its former beauty and strength. His old age is majestic and ugly at the same time. And this causes the horses indignation and contempt. “Horses regret only themselves and occasionally only those in the skin of whom they can easily imagine themselves.” And all night in the stable yard, obeying the herd instinct, the whole herd chases the old gelding, there are hearings of hoofs on the thin sides and heavy groaning. And the gelding does not stand, stops in impotent despair and begins a story about his life. The story lasts five nights, and in breaks, in the afternoon, the horses are already respectfully treated with a gelding.

He was born from the First Grace and Baba. According to the pedigree, his name is Muzhik first, and in the street – Kholstomer. So people call it for a long and sweeping move. From the first days of his life he feels the mother’s love and the surprise that the surrounding people have. He’s piebald, unusual, not like

everyone else. The first grief in life is the loss of the mother’s love, which already carries a smaller brother. The first love for a beautiful filly Vyazopurikha ends, ending with the most important change in the life of the Holstomer – it is emasculated to not continue in the genus of pesto. Its difference from all gives rise to a tendency to seriousness and profundity.

The young gelding observes that people are guided in life not by deeds, but by words. And the main thing among words is “mine”. This word changes the behavior of people, makes them often lie, pretend and not be what they really are. This word was due to the fact that the gelding is passed from hand to hand. Although he bypasses the famous swan of the Swan, Kholstomer still sells to the young lady: because he is piebald and does not belong to the count, but to the stableman.

He buys a hussar officer, whose gelding spends the best time of his life. The owner is handsome, rich, cold and cruel – and dependence on such a person makes love to him Strider especially strong. The owner needs an uninhabited horse, to stand out even more in the light, to go to his mistress, to ride along Kuznetsky, so that everyone eschews and looks around.

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A summary of Tolstoy’s “Holstomer”