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The plot of the story "White Poodle" AI Kuprin took from real life. After all, wandering artists, whom he often left for lunch, often visited his own dacha in the Crimea.
Sergei and the organ grinder were among such guests. The boy told the story of the dog. She was very interested in the writer and later formed the basis of the story.
A. I. Kuprin, "The White Poodle": the content of Chapter I
A small wandering troupe made their way along the path along the southern coast of Crimea. A white poodle, Artaud, shorn like a lion, ran ahead. Behind him was Sergei, a boy of 12 years old. In one hand he carried a dirty and cramped cage with a goldfinch that had been taught to get notes with predictions, and in the other a rolled-up rug. The eldest member of the troupe, Martyn Lodyzhkin, completed the procession. On his back he carried a hurdy-gurdy, just as old as himself, playing only two melodies. Sergei Martyn has been taken from a drinker for five yearsa widower shoemaker, promising to pay him 2 rubles every month. But soon the bastard died, and Sergei remained forever with his grandfather. The troupe went with performances from one holiday village to another.
A. I. Kuprin, "The White Poodle": a summary of Chapter II
It was summer. It was very hot, but the artists kept going. Seryozha was surprised at everything: outlandish plants, old parks and buildings. Grandfather Martyn assured that he would not see that yet: there were big cities ahead, and then - the Turks and Ethiopians. The day was unfortunate: almost everywhere they were driven away or paid very little. And one lady, after watching the whole performance, threw a coin to the old man, which was no longer in use. Soon they reached the Druzhba dacha.
Summary: Kuprin, "White Poodle", Chapter III
The artists approached the house along the gravel path. As soon as they got ready to perform, a boy of 8-10 years old in a sailor's suit suddenly jumped out onto the terrace, followed by six adults. The child fell to the ground, screamed, fought back, and everyone begged him to take the potion. Martyn and Sergey first watched this scene, and then grandfather gave the command to start. Hearing the sounds of the hurdy-gurdy, everyone fell silent. Even the boy was silent. The artists were first driven away, they packed their things and almost left. But then the boy began to demand that they be called. They returned and began to perform. At the end, Artaud, holding his cap in his mouth, approached the lady who took out her purse. And then the boy began to scream heart-rendingly that he wants this dog to be left to him forever. The old man refused to sell Artaud. The artists were driven out of the yard. The boy continued to scream. Leaving the park, the artists went down to the sea and stopped there to swim. Soon the old man noticed that the janitor was approaching them.
Summary: Kuprin, "White Poodle", Chapter IV
The lady sent the janitor to still buy a poodle. Martyn does not agree to sell a friend. The janitor says that the boy's father, engineer Obolyaninov, is building railways throughout the country. The family is very rich. They have one child and nothing is denied him. The janitor did nothing. The troupe left.
Summary: Kuprin, "White Poodle", Chapter V
The travelers stopped near a mountain stream to have lunch and rest. After eating they fell asleep. Through his drowsiness it seemed to Martyn that the dog was growling, but he could not get up, but only called the dog. Sergey woke up first and realized that there was no poodle. Martyn found a piece of sausage nearby and traces of Artaud. It became clear that the janitor took the dog away. The grandfather is afraid to go to the judge, because he lives on someone else's passport (he lost his own), which was once made to him by a Greek for 25 rubles. It turns out that he is in fact Ivan Dudkin, a simple peasant, and not Martyn Lodyzhkin, a tradesman from Samara. On the way to the lodging for the night, the artists deliberately passed by Friendship once more, but they never saw Artaud.
Summary: Kuprin, "White Poodle", Chapter VI
In Alupka they stopped for the night in a dirty coffee shop of the Turk Ibragim. At night, Sergei in one tights made his way tounfortunate dacha. Artaud was tied up, and even locked up in the basement. Recognizing Sergei, he began to bark furiously. The janitor went into the basement and began to beat the dog. Sergei screamed. Then the janitor ran out of the basement without closing it to catch the boy. At this time, Artaud pulled away and ran out into the street. Sergey wandered around the garden for a long time, until, completely exhausted, he realized that the fence was not so high, and he could jump over it. Artaud jumped out after him, and they ran away. The janitor did not catch up with them. The fugitives returned to their grandfather, which made him incredibly happy.
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