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Introduction 17 16. Quoted in Allen, p. xiii. 17. Lotman’s first model is Jakobson’s well-known sixfold schema with sender and receiver along its x-axis, and context, message, contact and code along its y-axis. The second model is one in which sender and receiver are pronominally identical: I > I, as opposed to the more usual I > Him / Her. In the latter the code and context are constants and it is the bearer of information that changes (from one person to another). In the former the bearer of information remains the same and the code and context change in the course of the transaction.

Later on he proves a serious obstacle to the narrator’s attempts to learn its secrets. These he encounters one late evening, as he returns from his hunt and crosses the garden of the usadba. It is drenched in soft moonlight and seems to him saturated with some kind of longing or expectation, not unlike himself who, for some reason this evening, is experiencing strange emotions, ‘resembling either expectations or remembrance of happiness’ (IV, 219). Suddenly he hears the lovely voice of a woman singing an Italian love-song coming from the house, one window of which proves to have had its shutters opened and which is illuminated, as he now can see through an enticing opening in an otherwise dense row of linden trees.

He is, however, made to witness the betrayal of the Beautiful Lady by her fickle Italian lover who is at the ball also but with a new amorous conquest. Naturally, he cannot now offer her his adoration, but only listen to her story of betrayal. But up to the moment of the denouement, he was still persistently trying to solve her riddle - to the point of being called Hidden Spaces in Turgenev’s Short Prose 29 ‘importun’ by a well-bred society lady whom he was ‘pumping’ for information. This lady was the very one who offered the shelter of her dilapidated country house to the secret lovers and their illicit tryst and who had entrusted Lukianych with the care of her property (IV, 239).

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