One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

To what occupation had Ivan's village turned to in order to make money? what is ivans reaction?


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Shukhov cannot understand men not working in their own village, but his wife explains that they come back to help with the haymaking and harvesting but otherwise travel around, even on airplanes, painting carpets which are sold for 50 rubles each. They use stencils and can make any old sheet into a beautiful carpet, and Shukhov's wife wants him to become a carpet painter when he returns. Though prison has kept him from making many plans for the future, Shukhov knows that he doesn't want to have to grease palms the way a carpet painter must.