I arrived to Arkhangelsk gloomy and in terrible grief. Nonetheless, or perhaps because of this, they immediately began trying to arrange a match for me there. They suggested Vava M. as a potential bride—a daughter of a rich fish merchant. See more
I have never seen this girl and she has never seen me. This setting up was customary there. It occupied the ladies who had nothing else to do.
I have never before been among the aristocracy. The February Revolution destroyed all class divisions.
No longing for the past.
I drive home from the train station in a carriage. I go past the Winter Palace. I see a red flag atop the palace. I see joy and jubilation all around.
I promise myself to drink no more. I’m being taken off to the hospitalZoshchenko discovered he had a heart condition. in the slushy February snow.