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The Steel Flea

(1881)
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"[...]They took their places again in the same two-seated carriage, and drove away; and that day the Emperor went to a ball, but Platoff gulped down a still mightier bumper of kizil vodka, and slept a mighty Cossack sleep.
He rejoiced that he had put the Englishmen to confusion, and had placed the Tula artisan in the proper light, but he was also vexed. Why had the Emperor felt pity for the Englishmen on such an occasion?
"For what reason did the Emperor grieve?" thought Platoff. "I don't understand it at all;" and, engaged in this meditation, he twice arose, crossed himself, and drank vodka until, by sheer force, he brought upon himself a profound sleep.
But the Englishmen were not asleep at that time, either, because their heads were whirling round with dizziness. While the Emperor was enjoying himself at the ball, they prepared for him such a fresh marvel that they deprived Platoff of all his fantasy.

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The next day, when Platoff presented himself to the Emperor to wish him good-morning, the latter said to him: "Let the two-seated carriage be put to immediately, and let us look at more museums."[...]".

Genre: Literary Fiction

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November 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Steel Flea
Author(s): Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov, N S Leskov
ISBN: 1-4460-9778-1 / 978-1-4460-9778-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Northup Press
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Steel Flea
Author(s): Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov
ISBN: 1-154-55132-6 / 978-1-154-55132-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
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December 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Steel Flea
Author(s): Nikolai Seme Leskov
ISBN: 1-141-13588-4 / 978-1-141-13588-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Unknown
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Audio Editions

2019 : New Zealand MP3 CD
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Title: The Steel Flea
Author(s): Nikolai Leskov
ISBN: 1-77678-235-6 / 978-1-77678-235-2 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: IDB Productions
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July 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Steel Flea
Author(s): Nikolai Leskov
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