B. Sh. Okudzhava
Petersburg, January 1826. Ivan Evdokimovich Avrosimov works as a clerk in the highest approved commission, recording the testimony of the rebel participants on the Senate Square. In the commission, this shy provincial turned out to be thanks to the patronage of his uncle, the retired staff captain Artamon Mikhailovich Avrosimov, who provided an unforgettable service to Emperor Nikolai Pavlovich on the day he swore an oath, on December 14.
Courage did not leave the clerk until the commission began to interrogate Colonel Pestel. From this moment, mysterious things began to happen to him. Some mysterious stranger wants to meet with him. The committee member, Count Tatishchev, pursues Avrosimov in his carriage, asking extremely uncomfortable
During the visit to his uncle, he meets a certain Arkady Ivanovich Mayboroda, the captain who served at Pestel (before whom the scribe himself is unconsciously awed), betrayed his boss. Avrosimov leads the captain to the familiar officers, where he repeats the history of his relationship with Pestel, and receives at the end of the conversation an unexpected slap from Buturlin. The next morning Mayboroda again appears before the eyes of Avrosimov: he gives evidence in the committee. After that, our hero is already more specifically discussing with Amalia Petrovna the way to rescue Pestel, and then again wants to get married
The evening at the estate – with the singing of the maiden choir, a sumptuous meal – was a success. At night Avrosimov and the convict confess each other in sympathy for Pestel. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that Zaikin can not specify the place where the manuscripts are buried – he just does not know this. But, yielding to the pressure Sleptsova, points to a person, this place knows exactly: his brother Fedya. He points to the present place of storage of Pestel’s papers, but too openly with the captain, and he also arrests his brother (Avrosimov gives him a slap in the face, the duel is postponed to Petersburg). On the way back, the trio returns to Kolupanovka. From some not quite clear sense of superiority Sleptsov (already inclined almost simultaneously to show as the most tender seemingly manifestations of care and alertness, and the most heinous qualities) staged a robbery attack, and Avrosimov wounded one of the attackers – to the horror of everyone else, confident that no one else had weapons. Zaikin, who called the captain’s joke “bordering on meanness,” asks Avrosimov to pass the note to her sister Nastenka. He fulfills the request. Then he goes to Amalia Petrovna (she is just talking with her husband, Pestel’s brother – Avrosimov, accidentally overhearing the conversation, realizes who she loves) and offers to arrange an escape from the fortress. Appeared from somewhere non-existence of personality (someone Filimonov, Starodubtsev and Gordon) offer their services – at first unselfishly, then, “for speed,” require money. Avrosimov refuses: but the escape machine seemed to be spinning in spite of his will, but Amalia Petrovna herself gives all the plans to Tatishchev. The minister sends a note to Buturlin with a demand to arrest Avrosimov, – they are just discussing the terms of the upcoming scribe of the duel with Sleptsov. During the arrest, Avrosimov denies everything, and he is sent to the village, where he, having married, apparently, is on Nastenka, and awaits Mjatlev with Lavinia (see “The Travel of Amateurs”).