dead souls Author:nikolai gogol Russian Classic that troubled Russian censors of 1842. — Souls meant serfs in Russia & property was measured by how many souls were working the property. — Our hero came up with a brilliant plan-"Dead souls" — were good to no one so an enterprising traveler would buy them cheap. He could mortgage his imaginary property, and the dead souls would bec... more »ome ready cash.
All that was needed were a smooth tongue,a fast carriage and corruptible officials. Tchitchikoff had all three.« less