Captain Ivanov returned home, demobilized. He was impatiently awaited by his wife and children, Petrushka and Nastya, but the captain was accustomed to living his life in the war, got used to his comrades and did not go home very much. I waited for the train, stayed with the familiar girl Masha, I was at home only on the sixth day. He did not worry about it, but what it was his wife and children who went to the station to meet every day trains coming from the west, the author gives us to feel.
Ivanov is only concerned with his own experiences: he felt now “orphaned” without an army, and his wife and children seemed alien to him. The daughter did not recognize her father, she forgot him, her son is in the house as an adult.
Ivanov does not understand how hard life was in the rear: his wife left to work for the whole day, the children were alone at home, starving. He does not understand why such an economical and prudent son, because he had no worries about cards,
orders, coupons in the army. The wife does not tell him about their difficulties: “everything has already passed, we have endured,” and he “could not yet clearly understand why Petrushka had such a character.” Ivanov is ashamed of his indifference to his son and he feels a kind of shyness before him.
Learning that he had visited Semyon Evseevich for children for two years and brought presents, Ivanov was offended. He suspects of betraying his wife, he is offended by the fact that this man loved his children, is dissatisfied with their upbringing: “Petrushka reasons like a grandfather, but I probably forgot to read.” Ivanov does not understand that Semyon Yevseyevich, who has lost his family, three children, needs human communication, to “warm up” his soul, at least near other people’s children. Captain’s pride is offended, he says that his wife made him a laughingstock, and is about to leave.
– What do you understand in our life? – Like what? I fought the whole war, I saw death nearer than you… – this dialogue clearly proves
that the characters live as if in different dimensions, the captain’s heart “hardened,” and he hears only himself.
He leaves and, standing in the vestibule of the car, suddenly sees the children running along the road to the crossing. The children fell – more
One leg was shod in boots, and the other in a galosh, he was uncomfortable to run. And only when he saw them did Ivanov feel a pain in his heart. “He suddenly learned everything he knew before, much more accurate and real.” Before, he felt a different life through a barrier of self-interest and self-interest, and now he suddenly touched her with his bare heart. ” Only now came the “return” of the hero to children, to the old life, to natural human feelings. From indifference, alienation – to compassion and love.
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