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By Ilya Ilf, Evgeny Petrov

The Twelve Chairs (Russian: Двенадцать стульев, Dvenadtsat stulyev) is a vintage satirical novel through the Odessan Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov, published in 1928. Its major personality Ostap Bender reappears within the book's sequel The Little Golden Calf.

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There has been no answer, however the chanting grew louder. A second later the door opened a bit of and during the crack seemed Father Theodore's face, brightened through a maidenly flush. "Let me have a couple of scissors fast, Mother," snapped Father Theodore. "But what approximately your supper? " "Yes, afterward. " Father Theodore grabbed the scissors, locked the door back, and went over to a replicate putting at the wall in a black scratched body. Beside the reflect was once an historical folk-painting, entitled "The Parable of the Sinner", made of a copperplate and well hand-painted. the myth have been an excellent comfort to Vostrikov after the misfortune with the rabbits. the image sincerely confirmed the brief nature of earthly issues. the head row used to be composed of 4 drawings with significant and consolatory captions in Church Slavonic: Shem saith a prayer, Ham soweth wheat, Japheth enjoyeth energy, demise overtaketh all. The determine of loss of life carried a scythe and a winged hourglass and regarded as though made from synthetic limbs and orthopaedic home equipment; he used to be status on abandoned hilly floor along with his legs vast aside, and his normal visual appeal made it transparent that the fiasco with the rabbits used to be an insignificant trifle. At this second Father Theodore most well liked "Japheth enjoyeth power". The drawing confirmed a fats, opulent guy with a beard sitting on a throne in a small room. Father Theodore smiled and, having a look heavily at himself within the replicate, started snipping at his high-quality beard. The scissors clicked, the hairs fell to the ground, and 5 mins later Father Theodore knew he was once totally no stable at beard-clipping. His beard was all askew; it regarded unbecoming or even suspicious. Fiddling approximately for your time longer, Father Theodore turned hugely aggravated, referred to as his spouse, and, handing her the scissors, stated peevishly: "You will help me, mom. i cannot do whatever with those rotten hairs. " His spouse threw up her fingers in astonishment. "What have you ever performed to your self? " she ultimately controlled to claim. "I have not performed something. i am trimming my beard. it kind of feels to have long past askew simply the following. . . . " "Heavens! " acknowledged his spouse, attacking his curls. "Surely you are not becoming a member of the Renovators, Theo expensive? " Father Theodore was once extremely joyful that the dialog had taken this flip. "And why can not I subscribe to the Renovators, mom? they are human-beings, aren't they? " "Of path they are human-beings," conceded his spouse venomously, "but they visit the cinema and pay alimony. " "Well, then, i'm going to visit the cinema in addition. " "Go on then! " “Twill! " "You'll get bored of it. simply examine your self within the replicate. " And certainly, a full of life black-eyed countenance with a brief, odd-looking beard and an absurdly lengthy moustache peered out of the reflect at Father Theodore. They trimmed down the moustache to the suitable proportions. What occurred subsequent surprised mom nonetheless extra. Father Theodore declared that he needed to burst off on a business journey that very night, and requested his spouse to move around to her brother, the baker, and borrow his fur-collared coat and duck-billed cap for per week.

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