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The Diary of a Madman Section 4: November 8

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Section 4: November 8

  • Poprishchin writes that he went to a vaudeville show, which is a kind of variety program.
  • He pats himself on the back for being so cultured, unlike his fellow clerks who never go to the theater. Just one thing: vaudeville isn't all that cultured. Our guess? Gogol is showing us that Poprishchin is a fool with bad taste who thinks vaudeville is classy.

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