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For six months he was segregated from the other children, an experience that may have contributed to his gregariousness, as well as making him slightly introspective. His mother and nyanya did their best, of course. His mother read him stories by Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Tolstoy, which deeply affected his view of the poor and oppressed. He recovered in time to appreciate the beauties of a city famous for its spring thaw. It was on one of these spring days that Sasha Kerensky found himself looking out over the huge surface of the Volga river: Spellbound by the scene, I experienced a sense of elation that grew almost to the point of spiritual transfiguration.
The merchants had their mansions on the western side facing the Sviyaga, while the hovels of the lower classes clung to the sometimes flooded slopes below. 10 Older, but only slightly senior in rank to Fyodor Kerensky, was Ilya Nikolaevich Ulyanov, another educational administrator, and perhaps an acquaintance, from Penza. They must have found it a relief to turn from the small talk of the aristocrats to share their hopes for the enlightenment of Russia and to discuss the impressive progress of their children.
She was attractive, lively, and well-educated, and she married him shortly after she left school. Russia was still desperately short of well-qualified people and a man with a good education had good prospects. An inspector in a Gymnasium was an established member of the civil service of the Russian Empire with the bureaucratic rank of Collegiate Assessor. Fyodor Kerensky's talents were also recognized by the publication, in 1874, of an article on ancient Russian sects in the journal of the Ministry of Education.