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September 19th

  • MY BELOVED BARBARA ALEXIEVNA,—I hasten to let you know that Rataziaev has
  • found me some work to do for a certain writer—the latter having submitted to
  • him a large manuscript. Glory be to God, for this means a large amount of work
  • to do. Yet, though the copy is wanted in haste, the original is so carelessly
  • written that I hardly know how to set about my task. Indeed, certain parts of
  • the manuscript are almost undecipherable. I have agreed to do the work for
  • forty kopecks a sheet. You see therefore (and this is my true reason for
  • writing to you), that we shall soon be receiving money from an extraneous
  • source. Goodbye now, as I must begin upon my labours.—Your sincere friend,
  • MAKAR DIEVUSHKIN.