By K. Stanyukovich
Tales of the Russian army on the finish of the nineteenth century. The name tale lines the lifetime of a happy black orphan who's followed by means of a band of Russian sailors. The boy's presence has a really optimistic impact upon those rough-and-tumble men.
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And he concluded to himself, not unreasonably, that had he not been such a fearless topman, whose daring feats had delighted every captain and chief officer under whom he had served, he would long ago have been consigned to the convict labour gang. "Yes, that's why they let me off," he said aloud, and for some reason he sighed. doc drunkard (who had never been known to go further ashore —except at Kronstadt—than the nearest tavern); or to the fact that only because of his powers as a topman he had not been made to taste the convict gang, was not clear.
Said Ivan, pursing up his big, red lips contemptuously. There was certainly nothing sailorly about his own person. A man of about thirty-five, smooth, pink, and plump of body, with red oiled hair, freckled, clean-shaven cheeks and little button eyes, he had the pert manner of a professional domestic accustomed to living with gentlefolk. Kokorin had been an officer's servant from the day he joined the navy and had never once been to sea. He had been working for the Luzgins for three years now, and notwithstanding Mme Luzgina's exacting ways, contrived to please her.
Even Yegorich the boatswain, who could not abide "useless passengers," was very well disposed towards the boy, since Maximka always pulled a rope with the others, and altogether did all he could to be of use on board and "work his passage" as you might say. He went aloft as nimbly as a monkey and showed not the slightest fear when there was a storm, and altogether was in every respect a real sailor-boy. Extremely gentle and good-natured, he often used to amuse the sailors by dancing in the forecastle or singing his native songs in a clear ringing voice.
Maximka: Sea Stories by K. Stanyukovich