Scribblings of a retired math teacher rejected by the voters

Attributed to P. Belkin

translation attributed to the school of Miguel Cabron

In one of our most distant provinces was situated the estate of Ivan Petrovich Berestov.

In his youth he had served in the Guards regiments, but having quit service

at the beginning of 1797 he retired to his estate and has not strayed from it

He had married a poor but noble lady who died in childbirth

during his absence from home on a visit to a distant outlying field in his domain.

He soon found consolation in work in a private capacity

He built a house of his own design, set up a cloth factory, made a profit

and began to see himself as the best-informed progressive in the local province

In this he was not contradicted by those of his neighbors who came visiting with families and dogs

On weekdays he dressed in a plush jacket

but on Sundays and holidays he wore a smoking jacket of cloth woven in-house

He kept all his own budgetary accounts, and always made sure to read the “Gazette of the Senate”

In general society he was adept although he struck you as arrogant

Only Grigorii Ivanovich Muoromskii the nearest independently-wealthy landowner

Did not care to offer the slightest respect to our Ivan

On Russkii starogo shkuly He was a Russian of the old school

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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