The Winter Oak, Yuri Nagibin

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The Winter Oak, Yuri Nagibin

  1. 1. The Winter Oak By Yuri Nagibin
  2. 2. Main Points <ul><li>Setting 1: The school </li></ul><ul><li>Setting 2: The forest </li></ul><ul><li>Anna BEFORE </li></ul><ul><li>Anna AFTER </li></ul><ul><li>Savushkin in school </li></ul><ul><li>Savushkin and Nature </li></ul><ul><li>The (Winter) Oak </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learnt </li></ul>
  3. 3. Setting 1: School <ul><li>the piercing bell </li></ul><ul><li>bidding farewell to the serenity of the morning atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>thawing and losing their brightness…by the half-open door </li></ul><ul><li>the children stuck to what was closest to them, to tangible objects </li></ul>
  4. 4. Setting 2: The forest <ul><li>they were immediately transported into another world, an enchanted world of peace and silence </li></ul><ul><li>their delicate little branches looked as if they had been etched in Indian ink on the blue surface of the sky </li></ul><ul><li>it seemed as if there was no end to the trees, the snowdrifts and the silence of the sun-dappled twilight. </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes living water would gleam through the ice, looking like a dark, malevolent eye </li></ul><ul><li>the stream is alive even under the snow </li></ul><ul><li>light shadows darted rapidly over the marble surface </li></ul>
  5. 5. Anna BEFORE <ul><li>a ridiculous fear that perhaps they would not understand her </li></ul><ul><li>the self-control which spread like warmth through her whole body </li></ul><ul><li>Savushkin’s lateness; an unfortunate mishap spoiling a day that had begun well </li></ul><ul><li>not understanding his strange excitement </li></ul><ul><li>a difficult boy </li></ul><ul><li>she felt sad and confused </li></ul><ul><li>how inadequately, drily and coldly she had spoken of words and language </li></ul>
  6. 6. Anna AFTER <ul><li>suddenly Anna Vasilevna understood </li></ul><ul><li>so pleased…enraptured…enthralled </li></ul><ul><li>Anna Vasilevna was gazing with delighted interest at this secret forest life </li></ul><ul><li>clearly here in the forest she had better keep quiet </li></ul><ul><li>privately asking the oak to forgive her for being human and slightly cunning </li></ul><ul><li>all the time her own native tongue was as fresh, beautiful and rich as life is generous and beautiful </li></ul><ul><li>she had not yet taken the first step along that road which takes more than a whole life to traverse </li></ul>
  7. 7. Savushkin in School <ul><li>a small figure in worn felt boots and covered in sparklets of frost </li></ul><ul><li>the round face was…red from the frost…while the eyebrows were grey with rime. </li></ul><ul><li>just as if he had woken up out of a dream </li></ul><ul><li>noticing neither the laughter of his schoolfellows nor the teacher’s admonishment </li></ul><ul><li>the words were torn out of his soul, like…a joyful secret which he could not keep from spilling out of his heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Savushkin sat down, smiling, at his own thoughts </li></ul>
  8. 8. Savushkin and Nature <ul><li>‘ An elk had been here,’ said Savushkin, as if talking about a close friend </li></ul><ul><li>this minute stem with the little bubbles on it looked like a spray of lily of the valley </li></ul><ul><li>he busied himself at the foot of the oak, as if approaching an old acquaintance </li></ul><ul><li>he went on showing Anna Vasilevna his own small world </li></ul><ul><li>just wave the stick at him…otherwise he might take offence </li></ul>
  9. 9. The (Winter) Oak <ul><li>in the middle of the glade, clothed in glittering white raiment, huge and majestic as a cathedral, stood an oak </li></ul><ul><li>the trees had respectfully stood aside to give their older brother room </li></ul><ul><li>the trunk, three times the normal girth, seemed to be embroidered with silver thread </li></ul><ul><li>the mighty, magnanimous guardian of the forest quietly waved a branch in greeting to her </li></ul><ul><li>the mighty tree, laden with life, had gathered so much living warmth round itself that the poor creatures could not have found a better lodging </li></ul>
  10. 10. Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Savushkin had no idea what was going on in the schoolmistress’ heart </li></ul><ul><li>he was guarding the teacher from afar </li></ul><ul><li>the most amazing thing in the forest was…the small human being in the worn felt boots </li></ul><ul><li>a mysterious and wonderful future citizen </li></ul>

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