“All the mathematicians with whom I had to meet at school and after school were people who were sloppy, weak-spirited and quite genius.”
But one mathematician in our school was different from all the others. He was neither weak-willed nor slovenly.
“His name was Harlampy Diogenovich, like Pythagoras, he was of Greek origin.” He appeared in our class since the new school year.
He immediately established in our class exemplary silence. The silence was so creepy that sometimes the director frightened open the door, because he could not understand whether we were in place or. ran to the stadium.
The stadium was next to the schoolyard. “
Children often ran to the stadium, which irritated the principal. But not with the lessons of
The teacher can subtly ridicule the guilty student. No one wants to be the object of his wit.
He “masterfully and calmly held the class in his hands. It was almost useless to write it off, because he immediately recognized the written off work and began to ridicule it.
A student retreating from school rules is not a lazy, not lazy, not a hooligan, but simply a funny person. Rather, it’s not just funny, many people would agree to this, but it’s a bit ridiculous. Funny, not understanding that he is funny, or guessing about it last.
The whole class laughs at you. Everyone laughs at one. “
Once the object of derision is the hero-narrator. He could not solve his homework. And waved: probably in the textbook the answer is wrong!
“There was a quiet and humble student sitting next to me, called him Adolf Komarov, now he called himself Alik and even wrote on the notebook Alik, because the war broke out and he did not want to be teased by Hitler, still they remembered his name, and on occasion reminded him of this.
I loved to talk, and he liked to sit quietly. We were put together to influence each other, but, in my opinion, nothing came of it. Everyone stayed what he was. “
Adolf decided the problem. The hero becomes more and more uncomfortable. But suddenly a nurse enters the classroom. At school, vaccinations against typhus are done. It’s better to be vaccinated than to be ridiculed with your unsolved problem!
“I was not afraid of injections, because I was given a lot of injections from malaria, and this is the most nasty of all existing injections.”
But white robes are looking for the fifth “A”. The boy is studying in the fifth “B”.
– Can I show them where the fifth “A” is? – I said, insolent with fear.
This class was in one of the outhouses at the schoolyard, and the doctor could really get confused. “
The doctor says that the class “B” will be injected in the next lesson. The boy, in the hope of avoiding shame in the lesson of mathematics, concocts that class “B” in the next lesson is organized into the museum.
The doctor and the nurse decide to go to the fifth “B”. Many children are afraid of injections, especially Alik Komarov.
“With every minute he became more and more stern and pale.” He stared at the doctor’s needle without looking up.
His back was rigid as a board. “
Alik nearly collapsed during the injection. The narrator, nicknamed physicians “malyarik”, behaves heroically.
But the procedure is over.
“Open the window,” said Harlampy Diogenovich, taking his place. He wanted the spirit of hospital freedom to come out of the class with the smell of medicine.
– As you know, Hercules committed twelve feats. – he said. – One young man wanted to correct Greek mythology.
And I committed the thirteenth feat.
We immediately understood from his voice what it was a false and useless feat, because if Hercules needed to perform thirteen feats, he would have done them himself, and since he stopped at twelve, it means that it was necessary and there was nothing to it climb with their amendments.
– Hercules performed his exploits as a brave man. And this young man accomplished his feat out of cowardice. “
The cunning is still called to the board. In the home task we are talking about an artillery shell.
– Artillery shell. the schoolboy mumbles.
Harlampy Diogenovich ridicules him:
“Did you swallow the projectile?” Then ask the military man that he cleans you.
The whole class laughed.
“Sakharov laughed, trying not to cease to be an excellent student during the laughter, even Shurik Avdeenko, the darkest man in our class, even I rescued from the inevitable deuce.
Komarov laughed, which, albeit now called Alik, but as it was, he remained Adolf. “
“Since then, I have become more serious about homework, and later I noticed that almost all people are afraid to seem ridiculous, especially women and poets are afraid of appearing ridiculous.
Of course, being too afraid to look ridiculous is not very smart, but it’s much worse not to be afraid of it at all. “
A comment. You read an honest story about the lies.
The hero of the story is an intelligent and observant boy. A story tells an adult who laughs at himself, small. We see the story as a “double vision”: the eyes of a schoolboy and the eyes of an experienced person.
The schoolboy is afraid of the teacher of mathematics and at the same time tries to outwit him. The writer, who tells us this story, admires the teacher, while analyzing the mechanisms by which he influences the minds and souls of his pupils.
The simplest conclusion from this story: “take your homework seriously”.
The second conclusion: a lie sooner or later is exposed, “everything secret becomes obvious.” Therefore, a liar becomes a laughingstock in the eyes of his comrades. Do not want to blush – do not lie!
The third conclusion: you know how to laugh at yourself. Look at the situation from the side – and much will become much clearer.
In Iskander’s stories, warm soft humor and a slightly more rigid irony permeate the entire fabric of the narrative. And this tells the reader confidence that even in unpleasant situations one can feel the joy and beauty of life.