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Anya Smitty

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“Andrei Drakoloff,” said Youghal; “he’s just produced a play that has had a big success in Moscow and is certain to be extremely popular all over Russia. In the first three acts the heroine is supposed to be dying of consumption; in the last act they find she is really dying of cancer.”
“Are the Russians really such a gloomy people?”

Why the Russians are a gloomy people?

Source: The Unbearable Bassington by Saki.
  • Cagey

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    The question comes up because the play is very gloomy: the first three acts they think that the heroine is dying of one thing, in the last act, they find that she is dying of something else.
    The person who asks the question thinks that only gloomy people would like so gloomy a play, and the play was said to be popular in Moscow.

    (It is an exceedingly gloomy play!)


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    AE, Español
    Cagey is exactly right: it's a tragic story, yet it was successful in Moscow and throughout Russia, suggesting that Russians enjoyed the story despite its ending.
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