The Stationmaster by Alexander Pushkin
• In "The Stationmaster", the stationmaster's role in Russia of the early 1800's is to organize stagecoach traffic.
• He lives with his family in the same structure that is used as for his office.
• The narrator meets one such stationmaster, Samson Vyrin, in 1816.
• Vyrin's home features a pictorial presentation of the prodigal son, with verses below in German.
• Vyrin's young daughter, Dunya, is beautiful and catches the eye of the narrator.
• Some years later the narrator again visits the station and finds it much diminished.
• Vyrin is still there but Dunya is not.
• The stationmaster relates how a few years previously a hussar, Captain Minsky, traveled through the town.
• He feigns an illness to pass time in Dunya's care.
• After several days. Minsky departs, offering Dunya a ride to mass.
• The hussar kidnaps Dunya and takes her to Petersburg.
• Vyrin goes to St...
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