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The Citizen

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The Citizen

by James Francis Dwyer

Genre: Drama
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising


“Ivan, tell me!” she grasped. “Tell me where we are going!”

“We are going to America.”

“To America?”

“Yes, to America!”

Big Ivan of the Bridge lifted up his voice when he cried out the words “To America,” and then a sudden fear sprang upon him as those words dashed through the little window out into the darkness of the village street. Was he mad? America was 8,000 versts away! It was far across the ocean, a place that was only a name to him, a place where he knew no one. He wondered in the strange little silence that followed his words if the crippled son of Poborino, the smith, had heard him. The cripple would jeer at him if the night wind had carried the words to his ear.


At quick glance, this looks like a sentimental nostalgic story about 19th-century immigrants making the move to America.


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