Plyushkin


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Plyushkin

incredibly miserly landowner serves Tchitchikov a year-old Easter cake. [Russ. Lit.: Gogol Dead Souls]
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Chichikov's visit to Plyushkin demonstrates that when such (re)functionalization stops, history stops as well.
Besides Plyushkin, it is a home to a variety of objects that lack any function whatsoever, for example, a piece of a broken shovel and an old shoe sole heaped together with other unusable things in a dusted pile in the middle of the room; or "a lemon shrivelled [sic] to the size of a hazel-nut, the broken-off arm of a chair, a wine-glass with some liquid in it and three flies, covered with a letter" amassed on top of the bureau (DS 119-20).
Plyushkin, a miser who haggles fiercely over 120 dead souls and 78 fugitives.
Plyushkin gave him a letter to Ivan Grigoryevich, the town president.
Eventually rumors spread through the town about Chichikov's deals with the landowners Manilov, Sobakevich, Korobochka, and Plyushkin.