russian literature: a summary
ivan ivanovich ivanov is an upper middle class student who is madly in love with maria petrovna petrova! BUT maria petrovna petrova loves dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov who is a nihilist upper middle class student!
ivan ivanovich ivanov goes through a long soul searching journey before realizing all life is petty and meaningless and eventually dying alone and unloved of tuberculosis while dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov marries maria petrovna petrova
Once upon a time, there lived a sad little shadow. Every day, when the sun came up, the shadow would wake up and leave his dark little corner, in search of something to make him happy.
One morning, the little shadow was walking around when he saw a kite that had gotten stuck in a tree. Since the morning sun made him a very tall little shadow, he reached up and pulled it down, then set it gently next to the tree. He continued walking around, but the little shadow still didn’t find anything to make him happy, so he moved on.
A few minutes later, a little girl came running over a hill. She ran down and picked up the kite, then ran back, chanting “here it is, here it is, I found it!” She and her daddy went back to flying their kite, and the little girl made sure to hold on extra tight.
Later that day, the little shadow found himself at a store. Suddenly, there was a loud noise! The shadow saw that a tall lady had tripped, and her things had all fallen out of her basket. While the tall lady was standing up and brushing herself off, the shadow, being a very nice little shadow, put all of her things back into the basket. The tall lady picked up her basket and walked away. The shadow kept looking for a little while, but he still didn’t find anything to make him happy, so he moved on.
The next day, the woman got a phone call that made her very happy. She had gotten the job she wanted! She was so excited, and very very glad that she hadn’t had to waste more time picking up her things at the shop, or she would have missed the interview.
A little later, the shadow was walking through the forest when he saw a bike lying in a ditch. Someone must have stolen it and hid it here, he thought! So he picked it up, being a strong little shadow, and carried it to the side of the road. After that, the shadow kept walking through the woods, but he still didn’t find anything to make him happy, so he moved on.
After a little while, a young man came by, jogging down the road. When he reached the bike, he stopped and knelt down, and checked it all over. After that, the young man laughed—This was his bike! It had been stolen weeks ago, and he had really missed it. The young man got on his bike and rode home, smiling all the way.
That afternoon, the shadow wandered into a park where children were playing. One small boy was riding a tricycle while carrying a plastic toy. As the shadow walked by, the boy’s tricycle ran over a rock, and the bump made the little boy drop his toy. The shadow, being a very nice little shadow, bent down and picked up the toy to give it back to the small boy. But when the shadow picked up the toy, the small boy screamed and hollered and swung his hands! He thought the shadow was going to take his toy, and he was afraid of losing it. The shadow was startled by the small boy’s screaming, so he dropped the toy in the tricycle’s basket and ran away.
That evening, as the sun was setting, the sad little shadow went back to his corner and sat down. As he pulled his dark covers over him, he thought about how sad he was, and how it seemed like he would never be happy.
"I wonder if I don’t deserve to be happy," the little shadow said to himself. "I guess it would make sense, because I keep messing up every time I try to help someone."
yet another unrealistic standard for cats