Mr. Smith, This is Mr. Wang
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australia, England, Scotland
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Son of Will (resolute protector)
Son of Hernando (journey)
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“There! maybe this will shut you up,”
she said calmly, holding the money out to her
The daughter took the money, closed her
hand over it, and pursed her lips.
“and now you’d better explain where you
got hold of this money,” she said.
The old woman said nothing.
“you squirreled it away, is that it? from
the housekeeping, i suppose? my own mother!
The person who should be a model of selfless…
The train came to a halt.
“We’ve arrived,” shouted Strokotov.
“Quick—get out! The train only stops for three
minutes. Hurry up! Kyate—your cardboard box!
maman—don’t forget your parcel.”
“What a quick journey!” said the old wom-
an, cheering up.
“A Family Journey.” Born into an esteemed St.
Petersburg family in 1872, Teffi (née Nadezhda
Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaya) and her three
sisters became writers. In her one-act play of 1907,
The Woman’s Question, the author offered two
possibilities for the origin of her name—a variation
of a friend who was called “Steffi” by his servant,
and the Rudyard Kipling verse: “Taffy was a
Walesman/ Taffy was a thief.” Teffi was so popular
in prerevolutionary Russia that candy and perfume
bore her name. She died in 1952.