“Suhodol” is a family chronicle of Khrushchev’s noblemen. In the center of the work, in addition, – the fate of Natalia, a courtyard, who lived with Khrushchev as a native, being his father’s milk sister. The narrator repeatedly repeats the idea of the proximity of the Sukhodol’sk masters to his yard. He himself first enters the estate only in adolescence, notes the special charm of the ruined Sukhodol. The history of the clan, as well as the history of the estate itself, is told by Natalya. Grandfather, Pyotr Kirillovich, was obsessed with sadness after his wife’s early death. He is in conflict with the courtyard of Gervaska, according to rumors, his illegitimate son. Gervaska is rude to the master, he pushes them, feeling his power over him, and over the rest of the inhabitants of the house. Pyotr Kirillovich writes for the son of Arkady and daughter Tony French teachers, but does not let the children go to school. Education only gets son Peter. Peter resigns to fix matters on the au pair. He comes to the house with his friend Voitkevich. Tonya falls in love with the latter, and the young couple spend a lot of time together. Tonya sings romances under the piano, Voitkevich reads poetry to the girl, and in all likelihood has serious intentions towards her. However, Tonya flares up in any attempt of Voitkevich to explain that, apparently, thereby repels the young man, and he unexpectedly leaves. Tonya is deprived of her mind,
Peter Petrovich, settling in the family estate, decides to make “the right” dating, and for this arranges a dinner party. Grandfather involuntarily prevents him from showing that he is the first person in the house. “Grandfather was blissfully happy, but tactless, talkative and pathetic in his velvet cap… He also imagined himself to be a hospitable host and fussed early in the morning, arranging some silly ceremony from the reception of guests.” The grandfather constantly gets confused at everyone under legs, at dinner speaks “necessary” to people of nonsense, than irritates Герваську recognized as the irreplaceable servant with which all in the house are compelled to reckon. Gervaska insults Pyotr Kirillovich directly at the table, and he asks for protection from the leader. The grandfather persuades the guests to stay the night. In the morning, he goes out into the hall, and starts moving the furniture. Gervaska, silently appeared, screams at him. When the grandfather tries to put up resistance, Gervaska just hits him in the chest, he falls, strikes the temple with a mortise table and dies. Gervaska disappears from Sukhodol, and the only person who has seen him since that moment is Natalya. Natalia at the request of “young lady” Tony returned from exile in Soshki. Over the past time Peter Petrovich married, and now in Sukhodol his wife Claudia Markovna is in charge. She is expecting a baby. Natalia is attached to Tony, who tears off her heavy character on it – throws objects at the girl, constantly scolds her for anything, makes fun of her in every way. However, Natalia quickly adapts to the habits of the young lady and finds a common language with her. Natalia is a young man from the very beginning writing down herself as an old woman, refusing to marry. Tonya constantly experiences unreasonable horror, From everywhere expects trouble and infects Natalia with their fears. The house is gradually filled with “God’s people,” among whom there is a certain Yushka. “He never touched a finger on his finger, but he lived where God sends, paying for bread, for salt, with tales of his utter idleness and his” fault. “Yushka is ugly,” looks like a hunchback, “lustful and unusually impudent. Sukhodol, Yushka settles in there, calling himself “a former monk.” He puts Natalia in front of the need to concede to him, since he “liked” him. Thus, she is convinced that her dream about the goat was “prophetic.” A month later Yushka disappears, Natalia discovers that she is pregnant, and soon her second dream comes true: m, and from fear she loses her child. Tonyu is trying to cure: carry to the holy relics, invite the sorcerer, but all is vain, she becomes even more picky. One day, when Pyotr Petrovich goes to his mistress, on the way back he is killed by a horse’s hoof. The house is dilapidated, everything is “more legendary than the past”. Living out here their days women – Claudia Markovna, Tonya, Natalia – spend the evenings in silence. Only at the churchyard the young narrator still feels his closeness to his ancestors, but he can no longer confidently find their graves.