27 Oct

artist: Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, 1920; public domain

Remember when Classic Word of the Day was actually daily?  Nah, me neither.

But I do remember when Classic Word of the Day included this word:


You know, that fancy, Russian tea-urn thingy from Crime and Punishment.  Well, several literal versions have shown up in Anna Karenina, but my favorite is this figurative one described by Karenin upon Anna’s return to Petersburg:

“Our dear Samovar will be in ecstasies.” (He called the celebrated Countess Lydia Ivanovna a samovar because she was always bubbling and boiling with excitement.) “She as asking after you.

Well, Karenin, keep an eye on that one, her enthusiasm might come bubbling right into your life soon.

1 Comment

Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Anna Karenina


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One response to “Bub-bub-bubbling.

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    October 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I have fond memories of being served tea from a samovar in several Russian homes when I visited Moscow in 1994.


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