A Christmas Tree and a Wedding
This short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky was first published in 1848. A man walking past a wedding is reminded of a children's New Year's Eve party he attended 5 years previously – a party that was clearly an excuse for the parents to make advantageous connections in a casual setting. As an outsider at the party, he was able to observe the guests in greater detail than most, and took particular note of the children playing by the Christmas tree, and the social hierarchy they unwittingly participated in. This recording is based on the 1918 translation by Constance Garnett.