The Candle

Leo Tolstoy - The Candle
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"The Candle" is a short story by Leo Tolstoy. It centres on the cruelty of Michael Simeonovitch, who persecutes the peasants. "It was in the time of serfdom..." begins the first line of the story.

Tolstoy's narrative focuses on a particular character who misused his power of government to bring "outrageous cruelties upon the serfs who had been placed under his control." He forced the peasantry to do excessive labor, striking terror in his subjects.

The people began to plan how to remove this "intolerable yoke," holding secret meetings "to bewail their misery." By the end of "The Candle," Michael Simeonovitch, the superintendent, succumbs to a fatal accident and the serfs are freed.

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Лев Николаевич Толстой (Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy)
Tolstoy on 23 May 1908 at Yasnaya Polyana, Photo by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

Occupations: Novelist, Playwright
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