A. S. Pushkin, "Stationmaster." Introduction
It happened in 1816. At that time the narrator passed through a certain well-known province. On the way, the traveler overtook the rain, and he decided to wait for him at the station. There he changed clothes and got drunk hot tea. A girl of about fourteen was on the table. Her name was Dunya. It was the daughter of the superintendent Samson. In the hut was clean and comfortable. The narrator invited the owner and daughter to share his meal with him. So they met. Soon the horses were given, and the traveler again set out on the road.
A. S. Pushkin, "Stationmaster." Developments
Several years have passed since that time. It happened to the narrator again to pass through the same station. When he entered the hut, he was struck by the fact that little was left of the old situation: everywhere there was "dilapidation and neglect." Dunya's girls were nowhere to be found. The traveler saw an aged guardian. He was uncommunicative. Only when the traveler offered him a glass of punch, the owner agreed to tell him his story, how it happened that he was completely alone.
It happened three years ago. Then the young captain of the river Minsky was passing through the station. He was angry and shouted to feed the horses faster. And when he saw Dunya, he relented and decided to stay for dinner. In the evening it became clear that the guest was ill. He was called to a doctor who prescribed a bed rest for the sick. Three days later, the captain became better, and he got ready to go, offering Dunya to take her to the church. Her father allowed her to go there with a guest. He did not feel anything wrong. The dinner was over, but Dunya did not return. Then the old man Samson ran to the church and found out there that his daughter was not there. And in the evening a coachman returned to the station, who was carrying a young officer. He informed the inspector that his daughter had left with him. Learning about this, the old man has fallen. And as soon as he recovered, he went to Petersburg to return his Dunya.
A. S. Pushkin, "Stationmaster." Ending
Once, a dandy droshky flashed by him,whom he recognized as the kidnapper of his daughter. They stopped near a three-story house. Minsk quickly ran on the steps. The old man went up to the house and asked if Evdokia Samsonovna was living here. He was told that he was here. Then he asked to let him in to her, hinting that he had news for the young lady.
Entering the house, Samson through the half-open doorsaw the following picture: in the armchair was sitting Minsk, thinking. Beside him was Dunya in a luxurious toilet. She looked at the young hussar with tenderness. The old man had never seen his daughter so beautiful. He involuntarily admired her. And Dunya, raising her head and seeing her father, screamed and fell on the carpet without feelings. An angry officer drove the old man out into the street.
Many years have passed since that time. It happened to the storyteller again to pass through these places. He learned that the station was no more, the caretaker drank and died. And in his house there lives a brewer with his wife. Having visited his grave, the narrator learned that several years ago a beautiful lady with three small barchatas drove past here. Hearing that the caretaker had died, she wept bitterly. And then Dunya (it was she) lay for a long time on the grave of her father, wrapping her arms around her. This episode finished his story Pushkin.
"Stationmaster" is one of the mostbright works of the great master from the series of stories "The Tale of Belkin." The final story is sad and sad, but at the same time happy: the hard share and death of the old superintendent, on the one hand, and the happy life and fate of his daughter, on the other. Its moral is this: parents need to be loved and caring while they are alive.
Pushkin's story "Stationmaster" was screened several times, most recently in 1972.