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15 pages, Kindle Edition
First published January 1, 1886
"Busy as we are from childhood tilling mother earth, we peasants have no time to let any nonsense settle in our heads. Our only trouble is that we haven’t land enough. If I had plenty of land, I shouldn’t fear the Devil himself!"In these types of stories you really should steer clear of tempting fate or the Devil. The Devil himself overhears Pahom (remember, we're talking about a Russian morality tale here) and decides to give Pahom enough land to see if his greed will overcome him.
"Although he feared death, he could not stop. 'If I stopped now, after coming all this way - well, they'd call me an idiot!'"