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When a husband 20 years younger and wiser of a lifetime: hard-won happiness of Anna Kern

Her name became known thanks to Alexander Pushkin, who dedicated his poem “I remember a wonderful moment”to Anna Kern. By the time she met the poet, she was already married, but the personal happiness of the young woman was not even discussed. Anna hated her husband Ermolai Kern. Throughout her family life, she fell in love, and as a result, the reputation of the General’s wife was hopelessly spoiled. But his real happiness Anna Kern found in 36 years in the face of 16-year-old Alexander Markov-Vinogradsky.

A fleeting vision

Anna Poltoratskaya was not yet 17 years old when her father married her to 52-year-old Ermolai Kern. Peter Markovic Poltoratskiy was determined that the husbands of Anna is good only General, and because all the suitors, who had no such titles, simply had no chance.

Marriage turned out to be a nightmare for a young girl. Not only did she not love her husband, but she did not even have respect for him. And bitterly confessed that she almost hates. However, the most yermolai Fedorovich mental anguish of the young wife is not too worried.

Daughters, born from spouse, not incited in Anna warm feelings. Ekaterina Ermolaevna was brought up in Smolny, Anna lived only 4 years, and Olga died at the age of seven.

Anna Kern desperately wanted to love and be loved. She followed, as befits a General’s wife, her husband from town to town. She found solace in the infrequent social events where she caught the admiring glances of men. As you know, under the charm of the young Kern was Alexander Pushkin, who dedicated his lines to her.

Anna Kern did not attach much importance to this passion and ardent confessions of the poet: he has long been entrenched in the glory of the ladies ‘ man. Yes and his true attitude to young ladies, whom he was, was known. Undoubtedly, Pushkin’s attention, she was flattered, but in the life of Anna Kern were more serious novels.

In the diaries of a young woman in 1819 there is a mention of a certain man, whom in her notes she called Rosehip. Later she had affair with landowner Arkady Rodzianko, and in 1825 she was passionate about cousin Alex Wolfe.

In 1827, finally saying goodbye to her husband, Anna Kern settled in St. Petersburg. By that time, her reputation was completely spoiled, in decent society, she was considered an outcast. However, this does not prevent the young woman again and again to try to find happiness.

Age love not hindrance

In 1836 Anna Kern met her true love. Young cadet of the First St. Petersburg cadet corps Alexander Markov-Vinogradsky, her own second cousin captured all the thoughts and feelings of women. At the time of acquaintance he was only 16 years old, she was already 36. But how could age prevent them from becoming happy?

Sasha Markov-Vinogradsky was ready to do anything for the one he loved with all his youthful passion. He had the wisdom to ignore the condemnation of society. The boy was absolutely still, what is next in his career, he wasn’t going to listen to negative remarks about his beloved women from their families and material prosperity could not compare with the happiness to be near with beloved Anna.

The young woman who met her love instantly changed. She was no longer occupied by balls and male admiring glances. She practically ceased to appear in society and entirely devoted herself to her quiet family happiness.

In 1839, the son of lovers, whom Anna called Alexander, was born. With him she understood, that such real maternal feelings.

After the death of her legal husband in 1841, Anna Kern could expect to receive a very decent pension, but a year later she married a loved one, abandoning all the privileges of the General’s widow.

Spouses Markov-Vinogradsky were incredibly happy, despite the financial difficulties and outright need. Alexander Vasilyevich did not have special talents, and to provide for his family he did not work too well. But with all this, he could not breathe on his wife, endlessly confessed her love and thanked God for the happiness given to him to be the husband of “his darling”.

Anna Petrovna echoed her husband and confessed in letters to a relative: even poverty has its joys, if the spouses have a lot of love.

Almost 40 years Anna Petrovna and Alexander Vasilyevich Markov-Vinogradsky were happy. They lived very poorly, sometimes desperately needed. After her husband retired Anna Petrovna was forced to sell for a song addressed to her Pushkin letters.

Alexander died in January 1879 from cancer, and four months later left this world and Anna Petrovna. 40-year-old son Markov-Vinogradsky shortly after the death of his parents committed suicide. To life alone, he was completely exposed.

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