Summary “Spouses of Orlov” Gorky

Summary “Spouses of Orlov” Gorky

The story begins with a description of a terrible fight between the Orlovs in their apartment, which is located in the basement of the old and dirty house of the merchant Petunnikov. Behind the fight watches the whole yard led by Senka Chizhik – pupil of the painter – a mischievous boy of 12 years old. Senka is a “passionate lover of all sorts of incidents,” “half-child, half-adult, lively and impressionable, like a sponge of moisture, greedily absorbs the dirt of his life, he already has a fine wrinkle on his forehead, a sign that Senka Chizhik is thinking.”

Although these Saturday fights spouse shoemakers all the inhabitants of the house have become accustomed to, still resorting to gaze. Gregory (husband) always defeated Matryona (wife) and went

to the tavern, and she, somehow getting out of the cellar, was waiting for him to return to the street. She waited for him to help the drunken husband to go down to the basement, because once he dislocated his arm, falling from the stairs, and 2 weeks could not work. Gregory returned with a sense of guilt before his wife and hated her at these moments for the fact that she was right.

They were married for four years, they had a child, but they died, they hoped that they would have more children, but they were all gone. They lived very monotonously, got up in the morning, drank tea, worked together, Grigory did a clean job, demanding the hands of the master, Matryona did the job easier. Sometimes they sang, sometimes they swore. “Both of them – young and healthy people – loved each other and were proud of each other.” Grishka was so strong, hot and handsome, and Matryona was white, full, with a spark in her gray eyes, “a vigorous woman,” They loved each other, but they were bored to live, they had no impressions and interests that could give them an opportunity to relax from each other, satisfy the natural need of a person to worry, think, to live. ” The Orlovs had no purpose in life, so it was difficult to live with.

Once this monotony was broken. Early in the morning, a medical

student came down to their room, he was interested in their health, advised to follow the cleanliness better, because cholera begins in the city, asked questions, gave advice, then left. All day the couple were impressed by his visit, they talked only about him. They were very pleased with his concern for them, since no one else was even concerned with them. In their gloomy cellar everything seemed to be illuminated by the energy of the youth and kindness of this student.

And the next day there was the first victim of cholera in Petunnikov’s house – the harmonious Mitry. Grigory was friends with him, they drank together in a tavern on Saturdays. Gregory always liked the harmony of his cheerfulness, optimism, carelessness. He was a merry fellow and handsome, dressed adorably, in general, very fond of life. Grigory was one of the first to come to him and did not recognize him. It was no longer a man, but rather a corpse. This sharp contrast greatly impressed Gregory, he led the student, and the harmonica was taken away.

Grigory decides to go to the sanitarar in a cholera barracks “straight into the mouth of the mouth – swallow, and I’ll kick my legs,” he says of cholera. After some deliberation, Matryona decided to go along with him. The first day on duty was difficult, they were both very tired, then it became easier, because they were used to it.


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Summary “Spouses of Orlov” Gorky