A Life Under Russian Serfdom: The Memoirs of Savva by Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii

By Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii

It is a translation of 1 of the only a few Russian serfs' memoirs. Savva Purlevskii recalls his lifestyles in Russian serfdom and the lives of his grandparents, mom and dad, and fellow villagers. He describes family members communal lifestyles and the serfs' day-by-day interplay with landlords and specialists. Purlevskii got here from an at first filthy rich kin that later turned impoverished. Early in his adolescence, he misplaced his father. Purlevskii didn't have an opportunity to achieve a proper schooling. He lived lower than serfdom until eventually 1831 whilst on the age of 30, he escaped his servitude.

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47 Elderly people said that this Savva Iakovlevich originally came from the Ostashkovo meshchane,48 that he worked in St. Petersburg for a court supplier of vegetables, and that he was a handsome man, blooming with health—a man of excellent appearance. He knew how to present himself to people and was in high favor with certain persons of that time who knew how to make a landless peasant (bobyl’) into a rich man. I am not sure whether it was luck or ability and natural wit that brought Savva Iakovlevich into the good graces of so many influential nobles.

In order to read fairy tales myself, from a book—where, as Danil’evna said, there were many such tales—I began to study reading and writing without saying a word to anyone. I learned some basics and could even combine words, though I hesitated to say anything about it to my father. But he himself noticed that I was always leaning over his books, of which he had many. ” I did not speak. ” However, on the very next trip to Yaroslavl’ my father bought me a prayer book and the Psalter. “Well,” he said, “now Saun’ka, praise God, the books are ready.

Northern Illinois University Press, 1995). OUR VILLAGE, ITS INHABITANTS AND OWNERS | 33 importance of Christian ceremonies. 53 They fell victim to Pokhomych, who was one of the major teachers of the schism (although, on the sly, he was fond of the bottle). He established a chapel in the village. Although I am not sure about the specific years when all these things happened, I know that our predecessors lived in this disastrous corvée state for about fifteen years until the division of the estate, mentioned above, among the heirs of the rich tax farmer.

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