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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Ivan Denisovich Shukhov Timeline and Summary
Shukhov wakes up and feels sick. He gets punished by a warder for staying in bed late. The warder makes Shukhov wash a floor in the wardens' office. After this he goes to eat breakfast. He returns to his hut to get ready for the work day. Then he lines up outside with the rest of his work gang. He manages to bum a cigarette butt off of Tsezar. Gang 104 marches to the worksite. After arriving they all chill by a stove for a bit. Shukhov and Kildigs steal some tar paper for the Power Station. Shukhov works on building a chimney for the stove in the Power Station. The gang then breaks for lunch. Shukhov steals two bowls at lunch and gets an extra portion. He takes Tsezar his lunch. After lunch he works on laying bricks for a wall. Shukhov is nearly late lining up to march back to camp and people yell at him. He has to wait with the others while the guards search for a missing prisoner. Shukhov is very upset about getting back to camp late. His gang makes decent time and gets to the checkpoint. Shukhov forgets he has a steel piece on him. He anxiously goes through the checkpoint with it and makes it through undetected. Then he goes to pick up a package for Tsezar. After this he heads to dinner. He has some trouble finding his gang but he makes it inside. Shukhov gets to eat Tsezar's dinner too. He then goes to buy some tobacco. Then he heads back to his hut. He helps Tsezar manage his package during nightly roll call. As thanks Tsezar gives him some food. Shukhov shares some with Alyoshka. He goes to sleep happy after his successful day.