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Literature / A Terrible Vengeance

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"For there is no worse punishment to Man, then to want to avenge and not being able to."
—Closing Narration

A very, very scary short story by Nikolai Gogol.

This work contains examles of:

  • Gone Horribly Right: Ivan's plans for revenge worked perfectly... but now he himself is caught in them for all eternity.
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  • "Just So" Story: And that's why we have earthquakes.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kateryna undergoes one after her husband and son's deaths. The Warlock also suffers quite a terrifying one.
  • Serial Escalation: Ok, there's no way it can get more vile/scary...Wait, it just did.
  • Understatement: You know, I'm not a good shot: can only hit the heart from 100 sazhens away. I'm bad with a sword too: can only cut up men into pieces smaller than grains.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kills them, actually. His own toddler nephew/grandson, even.


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