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Lazarus by Leonid Andreyev-literature story english

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When Lazarus came out from the grave. After three days and nights in the mysterious thraldom of death, No one noticed the evil peculiarities in him. His relatives and friends were happy that he had come back to life. It was evident that a miraculous power had halted the disintegration of the body but death had left upon his face and body the effect of an artist ‘s unfinished sketch seen through a thin glass. His fingers were blue, and his nails had grown long in the grave. His body was bloated, damp smell of putrefaction. Not merely his face, but his very character had changed. They asked, “Why do you not tell us .lazarus, what was there? But he remained silent .”You will not tell us,?wondered the inquirer, “Is it so terrible there ?”Now no one cared for Lazarus. One after the other went away, even his sisters Mary and Martha Since he did nothing for himself, he would probably have starved had not his neighbors, in trepidation, saved some food for him. An ll object seen by the eye to the hand becomes empty, light and transparent, as though they were light shadows in the darkness, and this darkness enveloped the whole universe. It was dispelled neither by the sun, nor by the moon, nor by the stars, but embraced the earth like a mother. A man was just born .and funeral candles were already lighted at his head, and then they were extinguished, and soon there was emptiness where before had been the man and the candles, A celebrated sculptor Aurelius decided to make the long voyage to Julia in order that he might look upon the man raised from the dead He had meditated much upon death .”It is true you are not beautiful “said the Roman, playing with gold chain .”You are even frightful, “and death was not lazy the day when you so carelessly fell into its arms .”Now I understand .why you are so gloomy and why you do not like your second life -said the Roman. Three days, I am told, you were in the grave and is it from there that you have brought this bad habit of doing without light and wine .”In the darkness, you seem even more significant. And it came about finally that Lazarus was summoned to Rome by the great Augustus. They dressed him as though it had been ordained that he remained a bridegroom to an unknown bride until the very day of his death. There was a bridal procession.T hen they carried him across the sea on the saddest ship Listlessly, Lazarus set foot on the streets of the Eternal City Next day, by order of Emperor they burned out Lazarus ‘eyes with hot irons and sent him home. Even Augusts dared not to kill him. He returned to the desert And in the evening, blind Lazarus slowly groped after it. He stumbled against stones and fell and finally, he went and never returned.
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