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Excerpt: ... them, offend them; we are ready to chew his throat off! Isn't that the truth?" "M-m? ..." drawled out the Georgian, half questioningly, half expectantly, and squinted his eyes to one side. "Well, then I thought: why, now, any blackguard, any whippersnapper, any shattered ancient can take any one of these women to himself for a minute or for a night, as a momentary whim; and indifferently, one superfluous time more-the thousand and first-profane and defile in her that which is the most precious in a human being-love... Do you understand-revile, trample it underfoot, pay for the visit and walk away in peace, his hands in his pockets, whistling. But the most horrible of all is that all this has come to be a habit with them; it's all one to her, and it's all one to him. The feelings have dulled, the soul has dimmed. That's so, isn't it? And yet, in every one of them perishes both a splendid sister and a sainted mother. Eh? Isn't that the truth?" "N-na? ...." mumbled Nijeradze and again shifted his eyes to one side. "And so I thought: wherefore words and superfluous exclamations! To the devil with hypocritical speeches during conventions. To the devil with abolition, regulation (suddenly, involuntarily, the recent words of the reporter came to his mind), Magdalene asylums and all these distributions of holy books in the establishments! Here, I'll up and act as a really honest man, snatch a girl out of this slough, implant her in real firm soil, calm her, encourage her, treat her kindly." "H-hm!" grunted Nijeradze with a grin. "Eh, prince! You always have salacious things on your mind. For you understand that I'm not talking about a woman, but about a human being; not about flesh, but about a soul." "All right, all right, me soul, go on!" "Futhermore, as I thought, so did I act. I took her to-day from Anna Markovna's and brought her for the present to me. And later- whatever God may grant. I'll teach her in the beginning to read, and write; then...

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Aleksandr Ivanovich Kuprin (1870-1938) was a Russian novelist and short-story writer. Kuprin was an army officer for several years before he resigned to pursue a writing career. He won fame with The Duel (1905), a novel of protest against the Russian military system. In 1909, The Pit, his novel dealing with prostitution in Odessa, created a sensation. Kuprin left Russia after the revolution but returned in 1937. Some of his best short stories of action and adventure appear in English in the collections The River of Life (1916) and The Bracelet of Garnets (1917).

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