Fierce and Gentle Warriors by Mikhail Sholokhov

By Mikhail Sholokhov

3 tales revealing the features of the folks of the Russian steppes zone of the Don River: The Colt, The Rascal, and The destiny of a guy.

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You sit there, you little devil . " The grandfather sat on the bench in the kitchen, now and then looking at i\1ishka' s back. M ishka turned around toward him, smeared the last tear with his fist, and said : "You just wait . . " �1 ishka saw the old man unfastening his belt again and quickly slipped off his seat, opened the door a little way s, just in case, and watching his every move, went on : "You just wait, just wait, Grandpa dear-when all y our teeth fall out I won't even chew for y ou .

J\H shka kept banging his elbow against the wall in u nison. The old m an grew angry and turned to the boy. 'Til show you, you cursed child, Lord forgive m e ! " There would have been cam e into the room a skirm ish, but :M ishka's father just in tim e. " he asked. " His father sat down on the bed and silently began to twist his m ustache. " "His beard stinks too m uch of tobacco . " Nl ishka said with a sigh of resignation . " 40 The grandfather took the side at the wall and M ishka lay down at the edge.

The s tranger took the pictu re from M ishka, snapped the lock of the b rief case, and went off to bed. He u ndressed, lay down, and cov ered himself wi th his coat. He was dozing off when he heard the door creak. He raised his head. " He heard someone' s bare feet on the floor. '' he asked again, then saw M ishka standing near his b ed. " The stranger did n ot answer and ju st stared at the boy. Mishka b ecame u neasy-su ppose the man was a miser and wou ldn' t giv e him the pictu re? " the stranger asked with a smile.

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