On the evening of December 27th, 1861, Michael Bakunin burst into Orsett House, Westbourne Terrace, Herzen’s residence for the past twelve months, just as Herzen and Ogarev were sitting down to supper. Natalie, Ogarev’s second wife and Herzen’s mistress, who had recently given birth to twins, lay on a couch in the same room. “What! do you get oysters here?” was Bakunin’s first question. Then, going up to Natalie, he exclaimed: “It is bad to be lying down. Get well! We must work, not lie down.” Presently Kelsiev, a poor Russian exile who was at this time a pensioner of Herzen, appeared on the scene and was introduced to the revolutionary veteran. Bakunin began to question them eagerly about the course of political events.
KeywordsOpen Letter Racial Hatred Revolutionary Theory English Life Political Exile
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