Савелий Балалайкин (balalajkin) wrote,
Савелий Балалайкин
balalajkin

As a teacher he was always kind and patient (despite our
undoubtedly painful mutilations of his beloved Russian language),
but we knew he could have a scathing tongue from his occasional
digressions on the USSR, Sigmund Freud, and other objects of his
scorn. He was fascinating both to watch and to listen to. In
1942-43 he was slim and elegant. Although smoking was not
permitted in the classrooms at Wellesley, he always had a lighted
cigarette in his hand, and since there were no ashtrays we used
to watch in rapt anticipation as the ash grew until it dropped to
the floor.
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