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An Upheaval Anton Chekhov Quote Mashenka went into her room and then for the first time in her life it was her lot to experience in all its acuteness the feeling that is so familiar to persons in dependent positions who eat the bread of the rich and powerful and can not speak their minds pg 74 But why have they been rummaging here the governess still wondered pg 75 I know nothing about your laws All I know is that Ive lost my brooch And I will find the brooch She brought her fork down on the plate with a clatter and her eyes flashed angrily And you eat your dinner and dont interfere in what doesnt concern you pg 77 Analysis Mashenka was raised as part of the working class in Russia Her parents both teachers were not rich They struggled to survive as all working class Russians did Yet in her new role as a governess Mashenka believes she is above the working class She lives in a house with the rich dines with them and is in part accepted by them Because of this Mashenka believes she is above her working class roots When she enters her room and sees Fedosya Vassilyevna the lady of the house searching her belongings it is the first time she is confronted with her inferior status Mashenka has believed she was superior to the servants of the house for so long she has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that she is not Mashenka can not comprehend why Fedosya would search her room Mashenka wants to believe so badly that she is part of Fedosyas world part of the upper class When she finds Fedosya searching her room it is
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