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This is one of the main characters of the first stories. In the story he is an old man. The story is about his final days. He is ill during this time. He has been 'retired' or otherwise badly disposed towards many people. He was in the military, but it is pointed out that he was of low rank. What his rank was is not specified. He suffers alone for some time, then behaves rather strangely and desperately. Once he does a number of others surround him and show that they care. Essentially, they had forgotten all about him when he had not asserted his needs, but they not really intentionally neglected him; it was closer to the truth to observe that they not even realized he had need of them.
Semyon is a rather disgruntled figure. He is typically very quiet...
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