A Scapegoat for All Seasons: The Unity and the Shape of The Tales of Belkin

Richard Gregg
1971 Slavic Review: Interdisciplinary Quarterly of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies  
Pushkin's Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin are five in number, and four of them ("The Shot," "The Blizzard," "The Stationmaster," and "The Lady-Peasant") belong to the same literary species. The narrative features binding this quartet of stories together are, in the main, conventional. Each relates—among other things—the story of a young man who, having won the affections of a beautiful woman, overcomes some obstacle (or series of obstacles) which threatens their union, thereby paving
more » ... way to, or consolidating, a mariage d'amour at the end of the tale. All of which is to say that embedded in each is one of the oldest of all plots, the "successful courtship."
doi:10.2307/2493846 fatcat:hcvfuxihzbh2xl4ur23wkn5ks4