Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories - The Automatic Exemption, pp. 229-238, It Doesn't Pay to Be Good, pp. 238- Summary & Analysis

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The Automatic Exemption, pp. 229-238, It Doesn't Pay to Be Good, pp. 238- Summary

In The Automatic Exemption, a tall bearded Jew and his thin son are coming back from the draft board. The man is from Vorotolivke, lived a short time in Mazapevke, and now resides in Mezritch. His son is named Itsik, which is short for Avrom-Yitzhok, and is called by his mother, Alter, for good luck, after her other son Itsik died in an accident. Itsik is supposed to get an automatic exemption from being drafted into the army because he is an only son. However, Eisik, who died in Vorotolivke, never got a proper death certificate. Itsik has to strip naked for a medical examination twice, which he fails twice.

Back in Vorotolivke, when there was a census, years...

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