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A brilliant short-story from a card gambling setting by Russian poet and writer Creator/AlexanderPushkin.

It has been adapted into opera and films, most notably the 1949 British film by Thorold Dickinson, starring Anton Walbrook.
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!! Tropes provided by ''The Queen of Spade'':
%%* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Countess ***]]
%%* DrivenToMadness: [[spoiler: Herman.]]
%%* GermanRussians: Herman.
%%* KarmicTwistEnding
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: Herman is driven into utter madness, and all he can mumble is "Three, seven, ace! Three, seven queen!"]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Did the magic formula really work? Did it ever exist in the first place?
* TheMusical: There is an opera adaptation.
* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Old countess *** in The Queen of Spades.
* VillainProtagonist: Herman deliberately tricks Lisaveta into falling in love with him and he never truly cared for her feelings.
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