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ISBN-13: 9780882331348

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The evening had already come; far off the dark blue night was rising, promising sleep and cool breathing, and, just like sadness, dead height hung there over the earth. Kozlov as before was engaged in destruction of the stone in the earth, not lifting his eyes from it come hell or high water, and, evidently his weakened heart was beating dully. The work supervisor of the all-proletarian apartment house emerged from his designing office during the darkness of the night. The foundation pit was empty, the artel of workmen had gone off to sleep in the barracks in a crowded row of carcasses, and only the flame of the haIf-covered night light penetrated outwards from inside through the cracks in the board wall, retaining light in case of any untoward event or in case someone suddenly wanted a drink.

Prushevsky agreed with this because, no matter, he would die before the building was completed anyway. "But in me scientific doubt has stirred," said Safronov, wrinkling his politely-politically-aware face. And all listened to hear what he had to say. And Safronov gazed upon those gathered about him with a smile of mysterious intelligence. " Safronov enunciated slowly. "Maybe he got some sort of a special kiss in childhood which enabled him, better than a learned man, to prefer a ravine! " Prushevsky looked upon Chiklin as upon an aimless martyr, and then asked that there be carried out an exploratory drilling in the ravine and went off to his own office.

You used to work eight and now you work seven. You would have done better to go on living and keep your mouth shut! " Voshchev declared thoughtfully. He left the trade union office without getting help. His way afoot lay in the middle of the summer; off to the sides they were building apartment buildings and technical public facilities—in those apartment houses the masses who till now had been without shelter would exist in silence. Voshchev's body was indifferent to comfort; he could live, in the open air without getting exhausted, and he languished in unhappiness when he was well fed on rest days at his former apartment.

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