Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Hero of Our Time, part 5: Pechorin’s Operation Continues

Continuing where we left off, Grushnitsky and Pechorin visit Princess Mary the day after the incident of the mazurka. ————————- Around nine o’clock we went together to the princess’s house. Princess Ligovskaya made her daughter sit down to the piano … Continue reading

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A Hero of Our Time, part 4: Pechorin Pulls a Robbery

Here we see Pechorin in action, pulling a robbery, 19th century style. Here he begins the operation. ————— The restaurant ballroom turned into a Nobles’ Club hall. By nine o’clock everybody was there. Princess Ligovskaya and her daughter were among … Continue reading

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Addendum to yesterday’s post

One pathology to avoid is constructing your fourth sense – your ideal of manhood – from your second sense – your traits that attract women. You cannot be a proper man if you let women define you like this. You … Continue reading

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On The Definition of Alpha

Confusion over the definition of alpha is responsible for many wasted words. With a little more care we can all do better. Alpha is used in several ways. First, as a objective term describing men with the capacity to sleep … Continue reading

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A Hero of Our Time, part 3: Game Advice For 19th Century Russia

A short passage this time, which introduces us to Grushnitsky and Princess Mary, of whom there will be more later. The narrator, of course, is Pechorin himself. ————————— Taking on a serious face, I replied: “Yes, she is rather good-looking … Continue reading

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Pechorin the Archetype

Byronic men are more attractive to women. Yet another reason to read A Hero of Our Time. Hat tip to dangerandplay for the link.

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A Hero of Our Time, part 2: Pechorin Reveals the Nature of Women

I will say only this: I have never read a more insightful or accurate description of women in a literary work than this. The greatest writers of history have rarely had much insight into women. Lermontov is an exception. ——————– … Continue reading

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