A man and his children spend a day among nature with only each other for love and company:

“The beggar-girl runs behind the huts to the kitchen-gardens and there finds Terenty; the tall old man with a thin, pock-marked face, very long legs, and bare feet, dressed in a woman’s tattered jacket, is standing near the vegetable plots, looking with drowsy, drunken eyes at the dark storm-cloud. On his long crane-like legs he sways in the wind like a starling-cote.

“‘Uncle Terenty!’ the white-headed beggar-girl addresses him. ‘Uncle, darling!’

“Terenty bends down to Fyokla, and his grim, drunken face is overspread with a smile, such as come into people’s faces when they look at something little, foolish, and absurd, but warmly loved.

“‘Ah! servant of God, Fyokla,’ he says, lisping tenderly, ‘where have you come from?’”