My Lucky Number Seventeen

Hermann lost his reason. He is in the Obuhovsky hospital, room Number Seventeen; he does not answer any questions, but keeps muttering with astonishing rapidity:

‘Three, seven, ace! three, seven, queen!’

Lizaveta Ivanovna married a very amiable young man; he is in the civil service, and is a man of means: he is the son of the old Countess’s former steward. Lizaveta Ivanovna is bringing up a poor cousin.

Tomsky has been promoted captain, and has married Princess Pauline…

  • The Queen of Spades, by Alexander Pushkin
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