“Russian Zhilblaz, or the Adventures of Prince Gavrila Simonovich Chistyakov” Narezhny in summary

“Russian Zhilblaz, or the Adventures of Prince Gavrila Simonovich Chistyakov” Narezhny in summary

In a small village on the border of the Oryol and Kursk provinces, the estate of Ivan Efremovich Prostakov, living with his wife and daughters, Katerina and Elizaveta, is located. It is here that the author presents us the main character. Prince Gavrilo Simonovich Chistiakov is in the most miserable state and taken into the house only out of mercy. But soon he conquers the love of the whole family and for entertainment, as well as for edification, tells an instructive tale of his life.

Having after his father’s death only a field and a vegetable garden, he, due to his negligence, allowed the first to heal and trampled on the second. He married Princess Feklusha, and they, now three of us, did not have a piece of bread, and none of the princes of their native Falaleevka wanted

to help them. An unexpected benefactor was the innkeeper Yanka, who at first fed the family. But soon in their hut stopped the visiting merchant, “seduced” by the son of the prince and bought at a fabulously high price a few old books, which ensured the continued existence of the family. Over time, the economy was established, the field yielded crops again, nothing broke the peaceful happiness of the prince. Everything instantly changed with the escape of Princess Feklushi, who went “to see the great light.” The prince found solace only in a small Nikandra and decided to live for his son, but he was in for a new misfortune: One day, after returning home, he discovered that his son had been abducted. After spending the rest of the day in search and desperate to find a son, he left the village.

While Gavrilo Simonovich was telling this sad tale, the seclusion of the Prostakovs was broken by two more strangers. One of them, Prince Svetlozarov, appeared no less unexpectedly than before Chistyakov, and soon gained the favor of the whole family, and especially Catherine. Prince Gavrilo Simonovich with the same name of the new prince was embarrassed and wished not to open his own, but to be represented by a distant relative Krakalov. The close friendship of Prince Svetlozarov and Katerina alarms him, and he shares

his doubts with his kind friend, Prostakov. After Svetlozarov left for Christmas, Katerina discovered a letter in which, however, the prince promised to ask for his hand and nothing more.

Meanwhile, the second stranger is treated no less. This is a young painter named Nikandr, brought by Prostakov from the city to write portraits of family members and give lessons to daughters. Everyone was happy to discover his talent, and Elizabeth – to learn in him the subject of his love, the three years expelled from the boarding house for an innocent kiss, which she captured. For a while, the happiness of young people is not hindered, but… in the absence of her husband, Ms. Prostakova learns about everything. Nikandr was awarded two slaps in the face and was disgraced, accompanied and guilty only by the prince Gavrila Simonovich. Returning from the city, Prostakov tells secretly to find Nikandra and, having provided him with a sufficient sum of money and a letter to Orel merchant Prichudin, to escort him to Orel. Concern for the young man is entrusted to him a lot with Prince Chistyakov.

The young man did not know his full name and origin. He was the same age as the missing son of the prince, and for a moment Gavril Simonovich flashes hope. But the widow who brought up Nikandra in the early years, considered him to be the by-son of some noble lord. Then there was the boarding house of Madame Delavain, the exile from which the prince already knew. So Nikandr was on the street for the first time. His ability to paint provided him with a pupil from the artist. But soon his benefactor died, and, having become the subject of the contention of his wife and daughter, he was forced to flee in the middle of the night. By chance, he witnessed the robbery of the merchant’s daughter Natalya. As a noble and brave man, he could not help but interfere and saved the girl. Grateful parents brought him into the house and were ready to give his daughter for him, but, Since his heart was not free and the image of Elizabeth was everywhere accompanying him, he had to leave this house and went to the secretaries to the learned husband Tris Megalos. Excessive fascination with the Slavic language and metaphysics made it the subject of ridicule of others. Even more dramatic was his affection for Anissya, the niece of Gorlania’s neighbor. Learning about the infidelity of his subject, he was shocked and wanted to part with life, calling for help his last love – a punch. But one day an orderly with a crowd of relatives appeared in the house, and Tris-megalos was sent to a madhouse, and poor Nikandr again remained without means of subsistence and in this distressed state he got to Prestakov. The further prince was known. Excessive fascination with the Slavic language and metaphysics made it the subject of ridicule of others. Even more dramatic was his affection for Anissya, the niece of Gorlania’s neighbor. Learning about the infidelity of his subject, he was shocked and wanted to part with life, calling for help his last love – a punch. But one day an orderly with a crowd of relatives appeared in the house, and Tris-megalos was sent to a madhouse, and poor Nikandr again remained without means of subsistence and in this distressed state he got to Prestakov. The further prince was known. Excessive fascination with the Slavic language and metaphysics made it the subject of ridicule of others. Even more dramatic was his affection for Anissya, the niece of Gorlania’s neighbor. Learning about the infidelity of his subject, he was shocked and wanted to part with life, calling for help his last love – a punch. But one day an orderly with a crowd of relatives appeared in the house, and Tris-megalos was sent to a madhouse, and poor Nikandr again remained without means of subsistence and in this distressed state he got to Prestakov. The further prince was known. But one day an orderly with a crowd of relatives appeared in the house, and Tris-megalos was sent to a madhouse, and poor Nikandr again remained without means of subsistence and in this distressed state he got to Prestakov. The further prince was known. But one day an orderly with a crowd of relatives appeared in the house, and Tris-megalos was sent to a madhouse, and poor Nikandr again remained without means of subsistence and in this distressed state he got to Prestakov. The further prince was known.

Soon after arriving in Orel Nikandra is determined to serve. After a while, a letter comes from Prostakov, informing me that Prince Svetlozarov made a proposal to Katerina. For Elizabeth meanwhile one of the neighbors, an elderly, but sufficiently well-off, is wooing, she does not want to hear about it either. In conclusion, Prostakov asks for advice from the prince.

In reply letter Prince Chistyakov advises not to hurry up with both weddings, informing that Prince Svetlozarov is not who he claims to be, that is, not the prince and not Svetlozarov, and promises to explain everything in the future. After the letter, the prince himself arrives. In his presence, and a conversation begins, which Prostakov himself did not dare start. In the name of Prince Chistyakov, Svetlozarov is covered with deathly pallor. “I hid in the house of robbers, vagabonds and impostors!” – With these words, Prince Svetlozarov leaves the family of the Prostakovs, leaving them in turmoil. Prince Chistyakov, however, continues his narrative.

He went to Moscow and walked for a while, stopping in different villages. But one of these lodgings was strangely interrupted. The new guests – Prince Svetlozarov and his wife – complained. In Princess Svetlozarova, the astonished prince recognized Princess Fekla Sidorovna, but was immediately led out of the gate. He found a fellow traveler, the son of a Fategian priest, who had fled from a cruel, sparse father with his money. Soon they were caught up by a cart, in which Sylvester saw his Fatezh persecutors and disappeared, and not so prudent the prince was transferred to Fatezh instead, where he experienced the power of justice: they recognized the mistake, but deprived him of all property.

The fascinating story of Gavril Simonovich is interrupted: one fine evening the prince goes out for a walk in the field and does not return by night. The next day the house is a police officer with the team and reports that the prince is a terrible robber.

Meanwhile, in Orel in the house of merchant Prichudin a calm, measured life flows. Nikandr moves on the service, and the business of the merchant is not so bad. Unexpectedly, Mr. Krakalov, or Chistyakov, is in a state not better than at the first appearance of the Prostakovs. According to him, he was kidnapped by a gang of Svetlozarov. Resting, he is going to go to the Prostakov, in order to protect them from the new outrage of the villain. But on the very day of his departure Nikandr receives a letter from Prostakov stating all that has happened and asking him, in case of a prince’s discovery, to inform the police. Nikandr, in confusion, passes the letter to the prince. Poor Gavrilo Simonovic is shocked by the distrust and frivolity of a friend. He decides to open a story and his name, even if slandered, to Prichudin, which leads to unexpected consequences. It turns out that it was Prichudin who once kidnapped the son of the prince, Nikandra. The ancestors of Prichudin belonged to the same Chistyakov family. Being rich and not having male heirs, he decided to make a poor relative “a participant in his wealth” and kidnapped him. Tears of joy are added to the penitent tears of the old man, when it turns out that it is their Nikandr who is the son of Prince Chistiakov. When the delights have subsided, Prichudin asks the prince to tell us about his adventures, and Gavrilo Simonovic comes to the place where we stayed in the evening.

After a number of incidents the prince finally reached Moscow. For a while he worked as a clerk in a wine cellar, but then went to the disciples to metaphysician Bibarius, where, at the end of the three-year course, he received a certificate of progress in the sciences. With the assistance of the scientist, he received the secretary’s place from a nobleman, but in this field he did not succeed because of excessive zeal: in order to serve the master, he convicted his wife of infidelity and was expelled. A lucky incident led him to the widow of Generala Byvalova, where he was waiting for the post of secretary, good salary and… the love of a stranger hiding her face. Inspired, “like Apuleius Psyche”, curiosity, the prince decided to open the face of his beloved and – found his general.

He was forced to leave the house, rented an apartment and became addicted to the theater. This predilection was the reason for his further adventures, for once in the actress Fiona, who came from St. Petersburg, he recognized his wife, Fekla Sidorovna. The thirst for revenge seized him. In the tavern he got along with two young people. One of them turned out to be Sylvester, the son of the priest Avksentiya. The other one is none other than the deceiver of Feklusha, Prince Svetlozarov. Seeing Feklushu “on the Faith”, he again persuaded her to flee and invited Chistiakov to help him. Here it is, long-awaited revenge. Having learned all the details, the prince went to Prince Latron and opened a plot to him. The criminals were seized and subjected to execution, but the prince’s reward was imprisonment. Having fled, he again found himself in a deplorable state when he was picked up by Mr. Dobroslavov. His new post was, to sort out complaints and inquire, for Dobroslavov was not only a lover of charity, but strove to exercise it wisely in order to maintain virtue, but not to encourage vice. After serving a year, Chistyakov was honored to be accepted into the “society of philanthropists”, and simply a Masonic lodge. The goal was still the same service of good. The prince was to secretly lead the rich, but mean brothers, directing, even without their knowledge, their expenses in the righteous course of charity. At secret meetings among the charming nymphs who delighted the brothers, he again saw Princess Feklusha. This time their meeting was more friendly, and Feklusha even contributed to the prince in his love for the beautiful Lycoris. in order to maintain virtue, but not to encourage vice. After serving a year, Chistyakov was honored to be accepted into the “society of philanthropists”, and simply a Masonic lodge. The goal was still the same service of good. The prince was to secretly lead the rich, but mean brothers, directing, even without their knowledge, their expenses in the righteous course of charity. At secret meetings among the charming nymphs who delighted the brothers, he again saw Princess Feklusha. This time their meeting was more friendly, and Feklusha even contributed to the prince in his love for the beautiful Lycoris. in order to maintain virtue, but not to encourage vice. After serving a year, Chistyakov was honored to be accepted into the “society of philanthropists”, and simply a Masonic lodge. The goal was still the same service of good. The prince was to secretly lead the rich, but mean brothers, directing, even without their knowledge, their expenses in the righteous course of charity. At secret meetings among the charming nymphs who delighted the brothers, he again saw Princess Feklusha. This time their meeting was more friendly, and Feklusha even contributed to the prince in his love for the beautiful Lycoris. their expenses in the righteous course of charity. At secret meetings among the charming nymphs who delighted the brothers, he again saw Princess Feklusha. This time their meeting was more friendly, and Feklusha even contributed to the prince in his love for the beautiful Lycoris. their expenses in the righteous course of charity. At secret meetings among the charming nymphs who delighted the brothers, he again saw Princess Feklusha. This time their meeting was more friendly, and Feklusha even contributed to the prince in his love for the beautiful Lycoris.

The story is interrupted by the departure of Prichudin, and then Nikandra, who on behalf of the governor finally reveals Prince Svetlozarov, having done this just on his wedding day with Katerina. A family in grief, which is soon exacerbated by the death of Ivan Efremovich. Katerina is getting married, and the Prostakovs are moving to the city, which Prince Gavrilo and Nikandr regretfully learn. Upon the return of Prichudin, the prince continues the story.

Disrupted by the help of the prince, the farmer Kuroumov brought the police to the meeting. Justice did not favor philanthropists, but the prince managed to escape along with his beautiful Lykoris. After some time he received a letter from Feklushi. She was less fortunate, and she was in the hands of justice. But in the supreme judge she recognized Prince Latron, who had forgiven her, and at the same time her brother, whom she called the prince. His mercy extended further. He suggests the prince to follow him to Poland.

On the way to the prince many adventures awaited, but at last he reached Poland. Prince Latron gave him the place of gatekeeper, but eventually, using all his cunning, cruelty and resourcefulness, he became a secretary and achieved wealth. Many people were ruined by his efforts. Lycoris died. Feklusha, confessing to the prince in the newly flared passion and having been refused, retired to the monastery. And the power and excesses of the prince all multiplied. But they also came to an end. After the death of Prince Latron, Gavrilo Simonovic is sent to prison, and then again appears on the road.

This time, fate brought him with a man whom everyone simply calls Ivan. His righteous life earned him universal respect. With such a fellow traveler, Prince Gavrilo advanced to his native lands. In the monastery, on the way, he met a penitent wife. A few months later received news of her death.

In Falaleevka he was expected to meet with Yanka, brought by Falaleev’s princes and “merciful justice” to a miserable state. The prince managed to heal an old friend and for a while to remove his demise. But here they set fire to the hut in which Gavrilo Simonovic and Yanka lived. Yanka, considering himself guilty, died of grief, and the prince again left his native village.

Meanwhile, Nikandr becomes a participant in the events almost romantic. Once he happens to help a poor woman who does not want to name the people she helped in turn. Intrigued, he and her father watch her, and to the prince her voice resembles the voice of his last wife, whom he married under unusual circumstances: when he left Falaleevka, the prince was imprisoned by an unknown footman in a rich livery and taken to the estate where the owner, a young lady, invited him to marry. But immediately after the ceremony he was again dressed in his former clothes and thrown into the woods. According to the servants’ conversations, he realized that his new wife was the mistress of Prince Svetlozarov

The prince tells this story to Nikandru and Prichudin, finishing his life story. It turns out that his wife is Prichudin’s daughter, Nadezhda.

Nikandr is looking for a stranger and, having got to the cemetery, where they first met, again shows himself a knight. Again he manages to prevent the removal of the girl, who turns out to be Caterina, his sister Elizabeth. The next day he accidentally meets Katerina’s husband, Firsov, in the forest and rescues him from suicide. He learns about the cramped circumstances of the family. Nikandr again sees his adored Elizabeth, and now circumstances allow her to think about it. But Haritina, the wife of Prince Gavrila, had already disappeared for a week.


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“Russian Zhilblaz, or the Adventures of Prince Gavrila Simonovich Chistyakov” Narezhny in summary