In one of his estates lives Kirila Petrovich Troekurov, a rich noble gentleman, arrogant tyrant. Neighbors cater to all and are afraid of him. Troyekurov himself respects only his poor neighbor Andrei Gavrilovich Dubrovsky, who was in the past his comrade in the service. Troekurov and Dubrovsky are both widowers. At Dubrovsky’s son Vladimir, at Troyekurov’s daughter Masha. Once Troekurov shows guests, among whom is Dubrovsky, a kennel. Dubrovsky frowns on the living conditions of Troekurov’s servants compared to dogs. One of the hunters, offended, declares that “it would be a good idea for a different gentleman to exchange a mansion for a dog’s kennel” at Troyekurov.
The insulted Dubrovsky leaves,
Dubrovsky quickly fades away. Nyanka Yegorovna, in a letter, notifies Vladimir, the cornet, a graduate of the Cadet Corps, about what happened. Vladimir gets a vacation and goes to his father in the village. At the station he is met by the coachman Anton, who assures the young master that the peasants will be loyal to him, since they do not want to transfer to Troyekurov. Vladimir finds his father seriously ill and asks the servants to leave them alone.
The patient Dubrovsky is not in a position
After the funeral of his father, Vladimir finds in the Kistenev estate of judicial officials and assessor Shabashkin: the house is handed over to Troyekurov. The peasants refuse to go over to someone else’s master, threaten officials, advance on them. Vladimir calms the peasants. Officials stay in the house for the night. Vladimir, not wishing that the house where he spent his childhood, went to Troyekurov, orders to burn it, believing that the doors are not locked and officials will be able to jump out. The blacksmith Arkhip of the door locks (secretly from the owner) and sets fire to the estate, having managed, however, to save the cat from the fire. Officials perish.
Troekurov personally conducts an inquiry, why the property burned down. It turns out that the culprit of the fire is Arkhip, but suspicion also falls on Vladimir. Soon a gang of bandits appears in the neighborhood, plundering the landed estates and burning them. Everybody decides that the leader of the bandits is Vladimir Dubrovsky. However, the estate Troekurov robbers for some reason do not touch.
The story of Masha Troyekurova: Masha grew up in seclusion, reading novels. Kirilla Petrovich is brought up Sasha, his son from the governess. For him, Troekurov writes out a young teacher, the Frenchman, Deforge. Once Troyekurov pushes the teacher into the room with the bear for fun. The Frenchman, without being taken aback, shoots and kills the beast, which makes a great impression on Masha. Troyekurov respects the teacher for his courage. The Frenchman begins to give the girl music lessons. Soon Masha falls in love with him.
October 1, the day of the temple festival, guests come to Troyekurov. Anton Pafnutovich Spitsyn is late, explaining that he feared Dubrovsky’s robbers (it was he who swore under oath that the Dubrovskys illegally own Kistenevka). Spitsyn himself has a large sum of money, which he hides in a special belt. The Ispravnik is afraid that he will catch Dubrovsky, since he has a list of the robber’s will, however, according to Troyekurov’s remark, a lot of people can approach the list of these signs. The landlord Anna Savishna assures that Dubrovsky is just. When she found out that she was sending money to her son, she did not rob her. Troekurov says that in case of an attack he will cope with the robbers on his own and tells the guests about the deforge’s deed. Spitsyn asks Deforzha to spend the night with him in one room, as he is afraid of robbery. At night Deforge,
The author returns to how Dubrovsky met the Frenchman Deforge at the station, offered him 10,000 in exchange for documents and a letter of recommendation to Troyekurov. The Frenchman gladly agreed. In the family of Troyekurov “teachers” all fell in love: Kirila Petrovich for courage, Masha “for diligence and attention,” Sasha “for indulgence to pranks,” the household “for kindness and generosity.”
During the lesson, the teacher sends a note to Masha asking for a date in a gazebo by the stream. Vladimir opens her real name to the girl, assures her that she no longer thinks of Troyekurov as her enemy thanks to Masha, who is in love with her. Explains that he has to hide. Offers the girl her help in case of misfortune. In the evening, a police chief comes to Troyekurov to arrest the French teacher: based on Spitsyn’s testimony, he is sure that the teacher and Vladimir Dubrovsky are one person. Teachers in the estate do not discover.
At the beginning of the next summer, the owner, Prince Vereisky, comes to the estate next door to Troekurov, an angloman of 50 years. Vereisky closely converges with Kirilla Petrovich and Masha, looks after the girl, admires her beauty. Vereisky makes an offer. Troekurov accepts him and orders his daughter to marry the old man. Masha receives a letter from Dubrovsky asking for a date.
Masha meets Dubrovsky, who already knows about the prince’s offer. Offers “to save Masha from the hated man.” She asks not to interfere, she hopes to convince her father. Dubrovsky puts a ring on her finger. If Masha puts it in the oak hollow through which they exchanged letters, it will be his signal that the girl needs help.
Masha wrote a letter to Vereisky with a request to give up, but he shows a letter to Troekurov, and they decide to speed up the wedding. Masha is locked up, but she asks Sasha to drop the ring into the oak hollow. After fulfilling the request of her sister, Sasha finds a red-headed boy near an oak tree, decides that he wants to steal the ring. The boy is brought for interrogation to Troyekurov, he does not admit to his involvement in the correspondence of lovers. Troekurov lets him go.
Masha is dressed up in a wedding dress, taken to the church, where the wedding ceremony takes place Masha and Vereisky. On the way back, Dubrovsky appears before the carriage, offers Masha an exemption. Vereisky shoots, wounding Dubrovsky. Masha refuses the proposed assistance because she is already married.
The mill of the robbers of Dubrovsky. The troops begin to raid, the soldiers are surrounded by rebels. The robbers and Dubrovsky himself are fighting bravely. Realizing that they are doomed, Dubrovsky dissolves the gang. Nobody saw him again.