The Queen of Spades


The character of the old countess was inspired by Princess Natalya Petrovna Galitzine (Princesse Moustache) while Ficquelmont Palace, where Pushkin was a regular guest, is believed to be the frame for the old countess' grand palace in Pushkin's story.

Pushkin would also have depicted his own feelings for countess Dolly de Ficquelmont through Hermann's love for Lise.

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