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  1. Anton: Chapter 17

    The next evening Anton arrived at Katerina's home. It was only 3 blocks away from Gutheil's publishing house. Approaching her front door, she was already expecting him, and opened immediately to him.
    "There is no one in the house. You are safe. Come in."
    Anton could feel adrenaline consuming him again. Katerina held his hands, and noticed their shaking.
    "Are you worried?" she asked compassionately.
    "I... I suffer from anxiety. Ever since that
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  2. Anton: Chapter 16

    January 2 (December 21 old style) was the date of the premiere of Anton's opera. He had the exciting opportunity to conduct it himself, and he was thus fully in control of all the nuances which he imagined in it.
    If anything, this was one of the most gratifying moments in his life.
    Everyone was there. His students Sergei Vasilievich and Alexander Nikolayevich were there, and so was Piotr Ilyich and Sergei Ivanovich. Vasily Sergeyevich also made a friendly appearance, and numerous other
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  3. Anton: Chapter 15

    When Anton turned 29, it was one of his greatest years of his life.
    His opera was finally completed, and that summer had sent the score to Piotr Ilyich, who was extremely pleased. Anton then made efforts to request a performance of it, and so scheduled a time early in the winter of the next year with the performers of the Moscow Opera Company. On the side of that, his most annoying student finally decided to give up on him.
    At the end of academic year before, Alexander Tikhonovich
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  4. Anton: Chapter 14

    Just as Anton expected, he renewed a strange but valuable partnership with Gutheil. They were by no means friends. Anton had thought to himself that he succeeded in getting Gutheil to kiss up to him, but Gutheil meanwhile thought he had Anton in his clutches, but the truth was neither had any real advantage over the other, only the impression. It would be a ravenous, parasitic connection. And yet Anton wasn't finished with him.
    Gutheil did give Anton a commission. He was to write a full scale
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  5. Anton: Chapter 13

    Anton picked up a new pass-time.
    Sometimes he even wondered himself what he was doing, going to several clubs in one night for apparent no reason. He could sit around for hours just looking around and drinking, or he would enter a card game and throw almost all the money he had in his pockets at the table. Anton was a failure at gambling, but that wasn't why he was willing to risk all his money. It was the craze that came over him while everyone chattered.
    "I dare you all! 100
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