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Mikhail Alexandrovich Berlioz

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In Chapter 1, Mikhail Alexandrovich Berlioz is characterized as a kind and respectable man. He is introduced “neatly shaven” and “dressed in a grey summer suit,” seeming very formal in contrast with the tousled and casual appearance of his companion, Bezdomney (Bulgakov 7). Additionally, Berlioz is described as the editor of a “fat literary journal” as well as the chairman for Massolit, a prominent literary association— with this description, Bulgakov is characterizing Berlioz as a reputable man of merit. With his dress and high status, Berlioz also seems conscious of his attitude to others. Unlike Bezdomney’s outright contempt at the foreigner, Berlioz is described as treating the foreigner much more kindly and respectfully. For instance,
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