The Forged Coupon

The Forged Coupon

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by Leo Tolstoy
     
 

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In The Forged Coupon Tolstoy assails a variety of figures representing a variety of evils, but his principal point is simple yet important: all people are brothers and the one thing needful in love is to love more. Two characters who discover this truth are Chuev and Stepan, both of whom ultimately personify Tolstoyan values—and both of whom go to prison,

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In The Forged Coupon Tolstoy assails a variety of figures representing a variety of evils, but his principal point is simple yet important: all people are brothers and the one thing needful in love is to love more. Two characters who discover this truth are Chuev and Stepan, both of whom ultimately personify Tolstoyan values—and both of whom go to prison, Stepan for murder and Chuev for his departure from orthodoxy.
Out of the initial act of counterfeiting a ruble note grows a series of evil deeds, in this, Tolstoy’s last short novel. His theme is the consequences of every human action, for both good and ill: our responsibilities run deep. The escalation of evil can be stopped only by one who humbly absorbs it, without passing it on.

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Tolstoy’s final novella, The Forged Coupon is an ingenious study of the destructive powers of evil set against a brilliant depiction of Russian life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393303001
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1986
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
1,132,719
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.24(d)

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AFTER THE DANCE " And you say that a man cannot, of himself, understand what is good and evil; that it is all environment, that the environment swamps the man. But I believe it is all chance. Take my own case . . ." Thus spoke our excellent friend, Ivan Vasilie- vich, after a conversation between us on the impossibility of improving individual character without a change of the conditions under which men live. Nobody had actually said that one could not of oneself understand good and evil; but it was a habit of Ivan Vasilievich to answer in this way the thoughts aroused in his own mind by conversation, and to illustrate those thoughts by relating incidents in his own life. He often quite forgot the reason for his story in telling it; but he always told it with great sincerity and feeling. He did so now. " Take my own case. My whole life was moulded, not by environment, but by something quite different." " By what, then?" we asked. " Oh, that is a long story. I should have to tell you about a great many things to make you understand." " Well, tell us then." Ivan Vasilievich thought a little, and shook his head. " My whole life," he said, " was changed in one night, or, rather, morning." " Why, what happened? " one of us asked. " What happened was that I was very much in love. I have been in love many times, but this was the most serious of all. It is a thing of the past; she has married daughters now. It was Varinka B ." Ivan Vasilievich mentioned her surname. " Even at fifty she is remarkably handsome; but in her youth, at eighteen, she was exquisite tall, slender, graceful, and stately. Yes, stately is the word; she held herself very erect, by instinct as it were; and carried herhead high, and that together with her beauty and height gave...

Meet the Author

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), a giant of world literature, is the author of many classics, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

David Patterson is professor of English at Oklahoma State University and translator of Tolstoy's The Forged Coupon, also available in Norton paperback.

David Patterson is professor of English at Oklahoma State University and translator of Tolstoy's The Forged Coupon, also available in Norton paperback.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 9, 1828
Date of Death:
November 20, 1910
Place of Birth:
Tula Province, Russia
Place of Death:
Astapovo, Russia
Education:
Privately educated by French and German tutors; attended the University of Kazan, 1844-47

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