Summary “Wispy minnow” by Saltykov-Shchedrin

Summary “Wispy minnow” by Saltykov-Shchedrin

Once upon a time there lived an “enlightened, moderately liberal” gudgeon. Smart parents, dying, left him to live, looking at both. The minnow understood that he was in trouble from everywhere: from big fish, from minnows neighbors, from a man (his own father was once nearly cooked in his ear). The minnow built a hole for himself, where no one but him could fit in, at night he swam for food, and during the day he “trembled” in the hole, did not sleep, did not eat, but struggled to save his life. Pescara dream about a winning ticket of 200 thousand. It lies in wait for crawfish, pike, but it avoids death.

The gudgeon does not have a family: “I myself should live.” “And a wise gudgeon lived like that for a hundred years, trembling, trembling, no friends with him, no relatives, no one to whom, no one to play cards, do not drink wine, do not smoke tobacco, red girls do not chase – only shivers and one thought thinks: “Thank God! seems to be alive! “Even the pikes praise the gudgeon for calm behavior, hoping that he will relax and they will eat it.” The minnow does not yield to any provocations.

The minnow lived a hundred years. Reflecting on pike words, he realizes that if everyone lived like him, the minnow would be moved (you can not live in a hole, not in your own element, you need to eat, have a family, communicate with neighbors). Life, which he leads, contributes to degeneration. It refers to

“useless minnows.” “None of them are warm or cold, no honor, no dishonor, no glory, no shame… they live, they take a good place and feed food.” The minnow solves once in his life to get out of the hole and normally swim along the river, but is frightened. Even dying, the minnow trembles. No one cares for him, no one asks his advice how to live a hundred years, no one calls him wise, but rather a “dunce” and “hateful”. In the end, the minnow disappears no one knows where: after all, it is not needed even for pikes, ill, dying,

Once upon a time there lived an intelligent gudgeon. The parents of this gudgeon were clever, and when it was time for them to die, they left him to live, but to look both ways. He realized that everywhere and everywhere he was in trouble.

Then the minnow decided to build himself such a hole, so that none of the curiosity there would not fit, except for the gudgeon. It so happened that at night he swam out to feed himself, and in the daytime he was in a hole and rested. So the gudgeon did not fill up, did not finish eating, and saved his life, tried.

He does not have a family, but a goblin-wise one hundred and more years lived. He was alone all around the world and trembled. And he had no friends, no relatives. He does not play cards, he does not drink wine, does not smoke tobacco, and does not chase girls. Minbler trembles and rejoices that he is alive.

Pikes praise the gudgeon for his calm behavior and wait for him to relax, then they eat him. But the minnow does not yield to any persuasion. The minnow thinks that if everyone lived like him, then there would not be minnows. It refers to useless minnows. From such minnows nobody benefits, dishonor, or dishonor, they only live for nothing and eat food.

The gudgeon decided to get out of the hole and swim along the river. But it’s scary. No one cares about him. And no one calls him wise. The minnow suddenly disappears to some unknown place, and the pike does not need it, sick and dying, but still wise.


Summary “Wispy minnow” by Saltykov-Shchedrin