Stupid Question: Thievery Edition

10 Nov

In Part 3 Chapter 3 Levin and his brother are discussing the pros and cons of education for the peasants.  Levin makes the following observation:

A peasant who can read an write is far worse as a labourer.  And mending the high-roads is an impossibility; and as soon as a bridge is put up it’s stolen.

Uh, what?

How and why were Russian bridges stolen?


Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Anna Karenina


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3 responses to “Stupid Question: Thievery Edition

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    November 10, 2012 at 6:19 am

    That’s a good question!

  2. Chris

    November 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    This version of that line is from a different translation and should answer your question:

    “Ask any one you please, they will tell you that the educated muzhik is far worse as a laborer. He will not repair the roads; and, when they build bridges, he will only steal the planks.”

    • Christina Joy

      November 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you so much! That makes much more sense.


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