klausnick/莫罗佐夫·尼科莱/профан (klausnick) wrote,

The Russian trains are comfortable, but slow

There is much more conversation in a Russian carriage than in an English one, and it is difficult to sleep even with a good rug and comfortable pillow. When the people get in they take a long time to arrange their boxes and bundles, and make a great deal of noise over it. The light is dim, being only that of a candle, so they tumble over each other's possessions before they finally settle down. Then they arrange their pillows and things for the night, and finally get out their provisions. In England one occasionally sees people making tea on a journey. In a Russian third-class carnage carriage everyone will be provided with his kettle and his tea. Some, too, will carry a candle and stick it on to any projecting ledge by the simple process of pouring a little of the melted wax on to the support and rapidly planting the other end of the candle in it.

Tags: записки иностранца о России

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