* 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. Petersburg...
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