Summary of the story “Duel” AI Kuprin
The author gives a description of the officers of the Nicholas period, singling out in the gallery portraits of second lieutenant Yury Romashov – a young, ambitious, slightly narcissistic and touchy. Full of daring dreams, he sees no point in the existing army system. The military orders suppress it, force it to roll down and forget about the old vain plans.
A bright spot in the gloomy life of a young officer who gradually slips into drunkenness and debauchery is Shurochka Nikolaeva, the wife of one of her colleagues. Romashov eagerly visited the Nikolaevs to see Shura once more, but such meetings became more and more painful and humiliating for him. It seemed to the young man that Shurotchka was laughing at him. Therefore Romashov was looking for another outlet – in the company of an officer of Nazanskiy, a famous drunkard, who turned out to be a delicate philosopher.
Wrath of the commander Shulgovich furious Romashov, who from that moment finally disgusted
Soon he again meets with Shura, being invited to a picnic. Invited officers say tall elephants about the former glory of Russian weapons and lament the new times, but persistently do not see the causes of the vices that hit the army. Romashov does not listen to these empty words: his attention is absorbed by Shurochka, whom the young man confesses in love. Then follows a review of the troops, on which Romashov gets scolded, partly just.
Soon the town spreads gossip about the non-existent connection between Yuri and Shurochka. Romashov has a difficult explanation with Nikolayev, who so far believes in the honesty of his