The Stationmaster Essay

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In the following excerpt, Gregg examines the unity and narrative structure of each story in The Tales of the Late Ivan Pertrovich Belkin, particularly with regard to the story "The Stationmaster" and the tragic character of Vyrin.

,p>Pushkin's Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin are five in number, and four of them ("The Shot," "The Blizzard," "The Stationmaster," and "The Lady-Peasant") belong to the same literary species. The narrative features binding this quartet of stories together are, in the main, conventional. Each relates— among other things—the story of a young man who, having won the affections of a beautiful woman, overcomes some obstacle (or series of obstacles) which threatens their union, thereby paving the way to, or consolidating, a mariage d'amour at the end of the tale. All of which is to say that embedded in each is one of the oldest of...

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