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The Queen Of Spades
by Alexander Sergeievitch Poushkin
Binding: Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Book Jungle
Weight: 0.22 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9.25 x W: 0.61 inches
ISBN 10: 1605976962
ISBN 13: 9781605976969
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AT the house of Naroumov, a cavalry officer, the long winter night hadbeen passed in gambling. At five in the morning breakfast was servedto the weary players. The winners ate with relish; the losers, on thecontrary, pushed back their plates and sat brooding gloomily. Underthe influence of the good wine, however, the conversation then becamegeneral.'Well, Sourine?' said the host inquiringly.'Oh, I lost as usual. My luck is abominable. No matter how cool I keep,I never win.''How is it, Herman, that you never touch a card?' remarked one of themen, addressing a young officer of the Engineering Corps. 'Here you arewith the rest of us at five o'clock in the morning, and you have neitherplayed nor bet all night.''Play interests me greatly,' replied the person addressed, 'but I hardlycare to sacrifice the necessaries of life for uncertain superfluities.''Herman is a German, therefore economical; that explains it,' saidTomsky. 'But the person I can't quite understand is my grandmother, theCountess Anna Fedorovna.''Why?' inquired a chorus of voices.'I can't understand why my grandmother never gambles.''I don't see anything very striking in the fact that a woman of eightyrefuses to gamble,' objected Naroumov.'Have you never heard her story?''No ''Well, then, listen to it. To begin with, sixty years ago my grandmotherwent to Paris, where she was all the fashion. People crowded each otherin the streets to get a chance to see the 'Muscovite Venus,' as she wascalled. All the great ladies played faro, then. On one occasion, whileplaying with the Duke of Orleans, she lost an enormous sum. She told herhusband of the debt, but he refused outright to pay it. Nothing couldinduce him to change his mind on the subject, and grandmother was ather wits' ends. Finally, she remembered a friend of hers, CountSaint Germain. You must have heard of him, as many

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