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Yevgeny Petrovitch Bykovsky: Yevgeny is a prosecutor for a Russian circuit court and the father to Seryozha. Although Chekhov wrote this short story in third person, much of the story is filtered through Yevgeny’s thoughts through free indirect discourse. This literary technique allows readers to glimpse into Yevgeny’s thoughts. He is clearly a man of the court; he is methodical, logical, and thinks in terms of numbers. Occasionally, he lets his mind wander to memories of his childhood and schooling. His lack of imagination and originality makes it difficult to connect with his young son.
Seryozha Yevgenitch Petrovitch: Yevgeny’s seven-year-old son, Seryozha, has been caught smoking. Seryozha is described as a pure, naive “cherub.” He has a vivid imagination and his mind flits rapidly from one thought to another.
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"Like most people engaged in practical affairs, he did not know a single poem by heart, and could not remember a single fairy tale, so he had to improvise...." See in text (Text of the Story)
"Yevgeny Petrovitch sat down to the table and pulled one of Seryozha's drawings to him. In it there was a house with a crooked roof, and smoke which came out of the chimney like a flash of lightning in zigzags up to the very edge of the paper; beside the house stood a soldier with dots for eyes and a bayonet that looked like the figure 4...." See in text (Text of the Story)
"And it struck Yevgeny Petrovitch as strange and absurd that he, an experienced advocate, who spent half his life in the practice of reducing people to silence, forestalling what they had to say, and punishing them, was completely at a loss and did not know what to say to the boy...." See in text (Text of the Story)
"That's why no one can take the place of a mother in bringing up a child, because she can feel, cry, and laugh together with the child. One can do nothing by logic and morality. What more shall I say to him? What?"..." See in text (Text of the Story)
"Death carries mothers and uncles off to the other world, while their children and violins remain upon the earth...." See in text (Text of the Story)
"("I am not saying the right thing!" thought Yevgeny Petrovitch.)..." See in text (Text of the Story)
"He was a child whose sex could only have been guessed from his dress: weakly, white-faced, and fragile. ..." See in text (Text of the Story)
"It was between eight and nine o'clock in the evening...." See in text (Text of the Story)
"The living organism has the power of rapidly adapting itself, growing accustomed and inured to any atmosphere whatever, otherwise man would be bound to feel at every moment what an irrational basis there often is underlying his rational activity, and how little of established truth and certainty there is even in work so responsible and so terrible in its effects as that of the teacher, of the lawyer, of the writer. . . ...." See in text (Text of the Story)
"Even very intelligent people did not scruple to wage war on a vice which they did not understand...." See in text (Text of the Story)