The Sailor-Boy's Tale Characters

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Ivan

Ivan is a Russian sailor from the boat Anna. He is described as "a giant, as big as a bear." Ivan is one of the crewmembers from the Anna who bring Simon from his boat to shore and then invite him for a drink with them. Ivan takes an instant liking to Simon and, in a state of drunkenness, "fell upon the boy with a bear-like affection, pawed him, smiled and laughed into his face, made him a present of a gold watch-chain, and kissed him on both cheeks." Later, when Simon is wandering around in the unfamiliar town in search of the girl Nora, he comes upon Ivan, who drunkenly and forcefully embraces the young man, "like a bear that carries off a sheep." Eager to escape the man's embrace, Simon pulls out a knife and stabs him. Ivan falls to the ground, groaning '"Poor Ivan...

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