THE BROTHERS, having finished their houses, moved into them and lived apart from their father and brother. Ivan, when he had completed his plowing, made a great feast, to which he invited his brothers, telling them that he had plenty of beer for them to drink. The brothers, however, declined Ivans hospitality, saying, We have seen the beer moujiks drink, and want none of it.
Ivan then gathered around him all the peasants in the village and with them drank beer until he became intoxicated, when he joined the Khorovody (a street gathering of the village boys and girls, who sing songs), and told them they must sing his praises, saying that in return he would show them such sights as they had never before seen in their lives. The little girls laughed and began to sing songs praising Ivan, and when they had finished they said: Very well; now give us what you said you would.
Ivan replied, I will soon show you, and, taking an empty bag in his hand, he started for the woods. The little girls laughed as they said, What a fool he is! and resuming their play they forgot all about him.
Oh! you duratchki (little fools), he said, why did you almost crush the life out of the old grandmother? Be more gentle. I have plenty more, and I will give them to you; whereupon he began throwing about more of the coins.
The people gathered around him, and Ivan continued throwing until he emptied his bag. They clamored for more, but Ivan replied: The gold is all gone. Another time I will give you more. Now we will resume our singing and dancing.
To this Ivan replied, I will show you people who can sing better than you. With this remark Ivan went to the barn and, securing a bundle of straw, did as the little devil had directed him; and presently a regiment of soldiers appeared in the village street, and he ordered them to sing and dance.
Ivan then ordered them off to the barn, telling the astonished and mystified moujiks that they must not follow him. Reaching the barn, he turned the soldiers again into straw and went home to sleep off the effects of his debauch.