During the hunting for black grouses in the Chern district of the Tula province, the author lost his way in the forest. He walked a long time in the forest, until by nightfall he came to a vast plain, surrounded by steep hills, Bezhin Lug. Here he noticed, in the gathering darkness, a flame of a fire and followed it. Around the fire he saw peasant children, five boys, who were called Fedya, Pavlusha and Ilyush, Kostya and Vanya. The author asked to spend the night with them at the fire and, having settled down nearby, began to listen attentively to the conversations of the children. The boys told each other terrible stories – about the brownie, about the mermaids, etc. After a while the dogs of the boys raised their barking and fled into the darkness. Pavlusha jumped on his horse and galloped after them, to see what had happened. Soon he returned and calmly informed me that probably there were wolves around, but they were not to be afraid. Pavlush liked the author. Here, this bold and reasonably reasoning boy is the soul of the company. The children talked for a while, then fell asleep. At dawn the author woke up simultaneously with Pavlusha: after saying goodbye to him, the writer went to look for the way back. With regret, Turgenev reports that Paul died the same year, having fallen from a horse.