The Nose

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    On the 25th March, 18β€” , a very strange occurrence took place in St Petersburg.

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  • On the Ascension Avenue there lived a barber of the name of Ivan Jakovlevitch.

  • He had lost his family name, and on his sign-board, on which was depicted the head of a gentleman with one cheek soaped, the only inscription to be read was, β€œBlood-letting done here.”

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    On this particular morning he awoke pretty early.

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  • Becoming aware of the smell of fresh-baked bread, he sat up a little in bed, and saw his wife, who had a special partiality for coffee, in the act of taking some fresh-baked bread out of the oven.

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    Ivan Jakovlevitch

    β€œTo-day, Prasskovna Ossipovna,”

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    he said,

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    Ivan Jakovlevitch

    β€œI do not want any coffee; I should like a fresh loaf with onions.”

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    Prasskovna Ossipovna To Herself

    β€œThe blockhead may eat bread only as far as I am concerned,”

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    said his wife to herself;

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    Prasskovna Ossipovna To Herself

    β€œthen I shall have a chance of getting some coffee.”

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    And she threw a loaf on the table.

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  • For the sake of propriety, Ivan Jakovlevitch drew a coat over his shirt, sat down at the table, shook out some salt for himself, prepared two onions, assumed a serious expression, and began to cut the bread.

  • After he had cut the loaf in two halves, he looked, and to his great astonishment saw something whitish sticking in it.

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    He carefully poked round it with his knife, and felt it with his finger.

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    Ivan Jakovlevitch

    β€œQuite firmly fixed!”

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    he murmured in his beard.

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    Ivan Jakovlevitch

    β€œWhat can it be?”

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    He put in his finger, and drew outβ€” a nose!

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