Boris Pasternak

“And now this mofiient also had come and gone. The dark-
red sun still hung, round as a ball, above the blue snowdrifts
on the skyline, and the snowy plain greedily sucked in its
juicy pineapple light, when the sleigh swept into sight and
vanished. “ Good-bye, Lara, until we meet in the next world,



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good-bye, my Icwe, my inexhaustible, everlasting joy. I’ll
never see you again. I’ll never, never see you again.’*

It was getting dark. Swiftly the bronze-red patches of
sunset on the ^low faded and went out. The soft, ashy dis-
tance filled with lilac dusk turning to deep mauve, and its
smoky haze smudged the fine tracery of the roadside birch^
lightly hand-drawn on the pink sky, pale as thou^ it had
sudd^y grown shallow.

Grief had sharpened Yury’s vision and quickened his per-
ception a hundredfold. The very air surrounding him seemed
unique. The evening breathed witness of all that had befallen him. As if there had never
been such a dusk before and evening were falling now for
the first time in order to console him in his loneliness and
bereavement. As if the valky were not always girded by
woods growing on the surrounding hills and facing away from
the horizon, but the trees had only taken up their places
now, rising out of the ground on purpose to offer their
condolences.

He almost waved away the tangible beauty of the hour like
a crowd of persistent friends, almost said to the lingering
afterglow: “Thank you, thank you, I’ll be all right.”

Still standing on the veranda, he turned his face to the
closed door, his back to the world. “ My bri^t sun has set
something was repeating this inside him, as if to learn it by
heart. He had not the strength to say these words out loud”


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