The Queen of Spades

Description

AT the house of Naroumov, a cavalry officer, the long winter night had been passed in gambling. At five in the morning breakfast was served to the weary players. The winners ate with relish; the losers, on the contrary, pushed back their plates and sat brooding gloomily. Under the influence of the good wine, however, the conversation then became general. "Well, Sourine?" said the host inquiringly. "Oh, I lost as usual. My luck is abominable. No matter how cool I keep, I never win." "How is it, Herman, that you never touch a card?" remarked one of the men, addressing a young officer of the Engineering Corps. "Here you are with the rest of us at five o'clock in the morning, and you have neither played nor bet all night." "Play interests me greatly," replied the person addressed, "but I hardly care to sacrifice the necessaries of life for uncertain superfluities." "Herman is a German, therefore economical; that explains it," said Tomsky.

Details

Author(s)
Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
Format
Paperback | 26 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 1mm | 50g
Publication date
16 May 2014
Publisher
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language
English
Edition
Large type / large print
Edition statement
Large type / large print edition
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
1499574185
ISBN13
9781499574180