Notes of the hunter: Bezhin meadow

Notes of the hunter: Bezhin meadow

IS Turgenev
Notes of the hunter: Bezhin meadow
The story begins with a description of a magnificent summer morning. The author hunts in the woods. After shooting game, he decides to return home in the evening, but loses the road in the darkness and goes to Bezhin meadow, where he sees a fire, and around him peasant children who came to the night. “To drive out before the evening and bring a herd in the morning’s dawn – a great holiday for peasant boys.” The author explains to the children where he comes from, and sits down to the fire.
It should be a description of the night, that special atmosphere of mystery that falls on everything at a similar time. There are five boys in all: Fedya, Pavlusha, Ilyusha, Kostya and Vanya. The elder, Fedya, could

have been given the appearance of fourteen years. The author describes in detail the appearance and features of the clothes of all boys, and in these details the difference in their characters is clearly discernible. The boys cook potatoes in a pot. The author pretends to be asleep, and the conversation at the fire resumes. It turns out that the subject of discussion is the unclean force and the stories associated with it. Ilyusha tells a story about how they and their friends allegedly saw a brownie at a paper mill. Kostya narrates about the sloboda carpenter (the other boys know him well), known for his sullenness. His unhappy temper is explained by the incident that happened to him during a hike in the forest behind the nuts. The carpenter got lost and by the night dozed under a tree. Hearing through a dream that someone was calling him, he stood up and saw a mermaid. After taking a few steps toward her, he came to his senses and crossed himself. Then the mermaid stopped laughing and cried. When asked by the carpenter about the cause of the tears, she answered that it would be better if he lived with her until the end of the days in “fun”, now he made the sign of the cross, and it became impossible. Therefore, she cries and is killed. But now he is destined to grieve for the rest of the day. Since then, the carpenter
Gavrila does not laugh or even smile. Other children react lively to the story, discuss whether there are mermaids in this area, Fedya, as the oldest, expresses skepticism about the stories told. However, Ilyusha tells another story – about a man drowned in a local pond (the shallow in the middle of the pond supposedly means exactly the place where he drowned). The local clerk sent the hunter to Ermil at the post office, who, on his way from the post office, wandered into the tavern, drank and returned at night. Driving past the pond, I saw that there was a lamb on the shallows, white and curly. Despite the strange reaction of the horse, Ermil decides to take it with him. On the way, Ermil notes that the ram looks directly into his eyes. He becomes creepy and, in order to calm down, he starts to iron the lamb and say “Byasha, byasha.” And the ram responded with teeth and said: “Byasha, byasha.” he accepts to iron the lamb and say “Byasha, byasha.” And the ram responded with teeth and said: “Byasha, byasha.” he accepts to iron the lamb and say “Byasha, byasha.” And the ram responded with teeth and said: “Byasha, byasha.”
At this point the dogs jump up and run somewhere. Children are frightened, but it turns out that it’s just the horses were frightened of something – either a night bird or a wolf. A few minutes later everything calms down. Children start talking about wolves, werewolves, then the conversation turns to the dead. They say that in one of the surrounding villages a late gentleman appeared and was looking for something on the ground, and when asked, he replied that he was looking for a break in the grass. Ilya says that on the parental Saturday at the porch you can see those who are destined to die this year. He mentions a certain woman Ulyana, who saw on the porch one boy who died last year, and myself. To object that Ulyana’s grandmother is still alive, Ilyusha replies that the year has not yet ended. Next, the conversation turns to a light-out (solar eclipse), the former not so long ago. The peasants, who were witnesses of this phenomenon, were frightened, decided that “Trishka will come.” On the question of who Trishka is, Ilyusha begins to explain that this is such a person who will come when the last times come that he will seduce the Christian people and that nothing can be done about him – he can not be put in jail or in chains, nor kill, since he will be able to take his eyes to everyone. In the village, many expected that it was during the solar eclipse that Trishka would show up. Even ran out into the street and into the field and waited. One of the residents, a Bochar, joked about them – put an empty jug on his head and frightened everyone. The heron cries over the river, the children react to it quickly, Pavlusha notices that this, perhaps, the soul of the Akim-forester complains about the offenders (the forester last year was drowned by robbers). Between the children there is a dispute about the impure force, which is found in the swamp, about frogs, woodpeckers and other evil spirits. When there is a need to go for water, stories about water that draw people into the waterways of people are remembered, the children remember Akulina the fool, who allegedly went crazy just after she was dragged to the bottom of the water and “spoiled.” Then they remember the boy Vasya, who also drowned, and whose mother had a premonition of his death from the water. Returning from the river, Pavel reports that he heard on the shore Vasya’s voice calling him to him. Children listen to the sounds of the night, the cries of birds. There is a description of the starry sky, the night forest, then the picture of the morning offensive. The author rises and leaves the fire. In the same year (the author will learn about this later), one of the boys (Paul) was gone, but he did not drown, but was hurt by falling from the horse. stories of the water that draw people into the water streams are remembered, the children remember Akulina the little fool who allegedly went crazy after she was dragged to the bottom of the water and “spoiled.” Then they remember the boy Vasya, who also drowned, and whose mother had a premonition of his death from the water. Returning from the river, Pavel reports that he heard on the shore Vasya’s voice calling him to him. Children listen to the sounds of the night, the cries of birds. There is a description of the starry sky, the night forest, then the picture of the morning offensive. The author rises and leaves the fire. In the same year (the author will learn about this later), one of the boys (Paul) was gone, but he did not drown, but was hurt by falling from the horse. stories of the water that draw people into the water streams are remembered, the children remember Akulina the little fool who allegedly went crazy after she was dragged to the bottom of the water and “spoiled.” Then they remember the boy Vasya, who also drowned, and whose mother had a premonition of his death from the water. Returning from the river, Pavel reports that he heard on the shore Vasya’s voice calling him to him. Children listen to the sounds of the night, the cries of birds. There is a description of the starry sky, the night forest, then the picture of the morning offensive. The author rises and leaves the fire. In the same year (the author will learn about this later), one of the boys (Paul) was gone, but he did not drown, but was hurt by falling from the horse. as it was dragged to the bottom of the water and “spoiled” there. Then they remember the boy Vasya, who also drowned, and whose mother had a premonition of his death from the water. Returning from the river, Pavel reports that he heard on the shore Vasya’s voice calling him to him. Children listen to the sounds of the night, the cries of birds. There is a description of the starry sky, the night forest, then the picture of the morning offensive. The author rises and leaves the fire. In the same year (the author will learn about this later), one of the boys (Paul) was gone, but he did not drown, but was hurt by falling from the horse. as it was dragged to the bottom of the water and “spoiled” there. Then they remember the boy Vasya, who also drowned, and whose mother had a premonition of his death from the water. Returning from the river, Pavel reports that he heard on the shore Vasya’s voice calling him to him. Children listen to the sounds of the night, the cries of birds. There is a description of the starry sky, the night forest, then the picture of the morning offensive. The author rises and leaves the fire. In the same year (the author will learn about this later), one of the boys (Paul) was gone, but he did not drown, but was hurt by falling from the horse. then – a picture of the onset of the morning. The author rises and leaves the fire. In the same year (the author will learn about this later), one of the boys (Paul) was gone, but he did not drown, but was hurt by falling from the horse. then – a picture of the onset of the morning. The author rises and leaves the fire. In the same year (the author will learn about this later), one of the boys (Paul) was gone, but he did not drown, but was hurt by falling from the horse.


Notes of the hunter: Bezhin meadow