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Society Woman: Days of a Russian Noblewoman

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  1. Introduction
  2. Trying to understand her husband's nature
  3. The move to Siberia
  4. The role of an obedient 'orphan'
  5. Her old-fashioned beliefs
  6. Her old-fashioned practices
  7. Labzina's insights into the Freemasons
  8. Disregarding Labzina for her religious tangents
  9. Conclusion
  10. Works cited

The memoirs of Anna Evdokimovna Labzina, a noblewoman during the reign of Catherine the Great, might be expected to contain numerous references to the salon of St. Petersburg and the fashions of the time. Titled Days of a Russian Noblewoman, her account is remarkable for its religious tone and adherence to virtues and morality. The first part of her work is an extensive memoir written in 1810 which focuses on her married life with her first husband, Alexander Karamyshev, whom she married in 1772 at the age of thirteen. The latter part is a diary written from 1818-1819, after she had married her second husband Alexander Labzin, a prominent Petersburg Freemason. Labzina had a difficult time adjusting to life with Karamyshev and his infidelities, and the majority of her memoir documents her struggles with him. Although her second marriage was happier, the diary describes more of the strains she experienced as a religiously idealistic woman trying to understand the noble class.

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