The Serf-sisters; Or, The Russia Of To-day

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byJohn Berwick Harwood

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1855 Excerpt: ... THE SERF-SISTERS; OB, THE RUSSIA OF TO-DAY. CHAPTER I. Easter Day in St. Petersburg,--Easter Day of the year Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-four.! Crowds of people, the natives of every country of Asia and Eastern Europe, jostling each other in the broad streets, and trampling down the slushy snow. The spring had been as unlike that of Thomson's " Seasons" as even a Russian spring could well be; and hail and sleet, and chilly rain, borne by hurricanes of wind that came howling unchecked from the steppes of Siberia and the icy plains of the North Pole, had swept through the wide thoroughfares, and battered the gilded domes of the city of the Czar. But on Easter Day there broke forth from the dull veil of grey cloud which still covered the sky, bright gleams of welcome sunshine, which shone upon the moving multitude who swarmed upon the muddy trottoirs, or plodded along through the half-thawed and miry snow. Every nation, every province belonging to Russia or bordering upon her colossal dominions, had its representatives that day in the avenues of the huge metropolis, whose granite palaces occupied the sites where, two centuries before, had stood the wooden huts of a few Istrian fishermen, and where the bittern and the crane had dwelt unmolested in their silent morass. There were Tartars with black bonnets of Astracan fur, wadded pelisses, and wide boots; dwarfish inlanders, sturdy sons of the Baltic countries; quaint Chinese, whose long narrow Mongolian eyes, black and sleepy, but intensely cunning, might have caused them to be taken for Russians, had not their silky pigtails and orange-yellow complexions proclaimed them children B r 767 of the flowery land; tiny Laps, and fierce-looking fellows from the Ukraine, whose great-grandfathers had perhaps been Zaporog...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1855 Excerpt: ... THE SERF-SISTERS; OB, THE RUSSIA OF TO-DAY. CHAPTER I. Easter Day in St. Petersburg,--Easter Day of the year Eighteen Hundred an...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217130496

ISBN - 13:9780217130493

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