Wave of TerrorBook - 2008
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p. 79-80: Her beauty was truly startling, and it was difficult for him to imagine how such a lovely creature could be found in a drab provincial town like Pinsk. Her poise and grace could rival that of any woman in Vienna or Berlin.
But she had a cold and capricious personality, and seemed to treat people, especially men, with a certain disrespect. She had a classic Ukrainian face, high cheekbones, deep-set eyes, an upturned nose, but her soul was foreign. She had clearly lost any sense of her own self and all too readily accepted the ways of an aggressive alien culture. She spoke only Russian, frequented only Russian cinemas, and read only Russian books and newspapers. She had slipped so far away from her own people that she showed contempt for them when they were mentioned.
Kulik felt uneasy, and questions gnawed away at him. How could he have allowed himself to become helplessly attracted to a girl so misguided and so aloof?
p. 72-73: “May I call you Marika?”
“Marika? She leaned back. The sofa let out a screech.
“Yes, Marika is a lovely name, more appealing than Marusia, wouldn’t you agree?"
Marusia stared at him. "I don't agree with you at all," she said. "Marika is not a nicer name than Marusia. In fact, I find it rather plain, too commonplace." Then with her eyes narrowing, "Uh . . . what did you say your name was again, Ivan was it?"
"Yes, Ivan. Ivan Kulik."
"Ivan?" The girl rolled her eyes and grimaced.
"Yes, it's a very ordinary name, I agree, but there's not much I can do about it."
..."Why don't you use your Russian diminutive? Vanya. There, that sounds much better."
...“The Russians take Ivan and make Vanya out of it, that’s the same as taking Maria and forming Marusia. In Ukrainian, which you’ve clearly denounced, everything has a natural order. Maria becomes Marika, Ivan becomes Ivasik, Vasil becomes Vasilik. We don’t take Ivan and transform it into Vanya, or Vladimir into Vova.”
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