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- I was at the theatre. “The Russian House-Fool” was performed. I laughed
- heartily. There was also a kind of musical comedy which contained amusing hits
- at barristers. The language was very broad; I wonder the censor passed it. In
- the comedy lines occur which accuse the merchants of cheating; their sons are
- said to lead immoral lives, and to behave very disrespectfully towards the
- The critics also are criticised; they are said only to be able to find fault,
- so that authors have to beg the public for protection.
- Our modern dramatists certainly write amusing things. I am very fond of the
- theatre. If I have only a kopeck in my pocket, I always go there. Most of my
- fellow-officials are uneducated boors, and never enter a theatre unless one
- throws free tickets at their head.
- One actress sang divinely. I thought also of—but silence!