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Mavra Fetisovna gave birth to twins. "You've brought us down now," said Prokhor Abramovich at her bed. "Praise God, what are we going to do now? It looks like they're going to be SUrvivors-they've got wrinkles on their foreheads and their hands are little fists .... " The foundling stood there too, looking at the incomprehensible with a twisted, aged face. A gnawing flush of shame for the adults was rising within 16 him. He immediately lost his love for them and felt his isolation-he wanted to run away and hide in the ravine.

For everybody," Sasha answered, somewhat understanding the anguish of his father. " Sasha put down his book. " Zakhar Pavlovich said trustingly. " ~~---Zakhar Pavlovich sighed. "Everything's possible. " Sasha-lrad--a1ready-'tfeeri"w'Ortaiig ari11edepot~-year, an apprentice welder. o$- / Pt'lV 'tv. 2

E_O,ple here were beside the point. s p~~:. Any lackey can light a fIre in the fIre-box, but the train goes by itself, whlle people will corrode from their doubtful successes, until they will have to be crushed by effIcient engines, giving the machines their freedom. The foreman, though, did curse Zakhar Pavlovich less than he did the others; Zakhar Pavlovich always hammered with regret, not with coarse strength, didn't spit just anywhere while he was on the engines, and didn't scratch mercilessly with his tools at the body of the machines.

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