“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,
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 (Petrovich). 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, seriously ill, becomes irritable, cruel, unable to control her actions. Natalia is hopelessly in love with the handsome man Peter Petrovich. Crowded with a new feeling, happy already from what may be next to the subject of her passion, she, quite unexpectedly for herself, steals from Pyotr Petrovich a mirror in a silver frame and a few days enjoys possessing the thing of a loved one, looking for a long time in the mirror in the mad hope of pleasing the young the master. However, her short-lived happiness ends in shame and shame. Disappearance is revealed, Peter Petrovich personally orders to shave Natalya’s head and sends her
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 is constantly confused –
Everyone at his feet, at dinner, speaks to “necessary” people of stupidity, which irritates Gervaska, who is recognized as an indispensable servant, with whom everyone in the house has 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. Natalie is attached to Tony, who tears off her heavy character on her – throws objects at the girl, constantly scolds her for anything. in every way mocking her. However, Natalia quickly adapts to the habits of the young lady and finds a common language with her. Natalia is a young man who writes herself to be an old woman, refuses to marry (she has terrible dreams, as if she is marrying a goat and as if she was warned about the impossibility of marrying her and the inevitability of the catastrophe after that).
Tonya constantly experiences unreasonable horror, expects trouble from everywhere and infects Natalia with her 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 the child. They try to heal Tonya: they bring them to holy relics, they invite a sorcerer, but everything is in vain, it 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.