The Question and Answer section for Vanka is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Vanka is torn by his new life as an apprentice to the shoemaker, who feels oppressed by the situation. He misses his life with his grandfather, and balks at the treatment he receives from the shoemaker, his wife, and the other apprentices. He...
He glanced several times anxiously at the door and window peered at the dark icon with shelves holding cobbler's lasts stretching on either side of it and gave a quivering sigh.
I think he did not want his master, Alyahin the shoemaker, finding him writing a letter to his grandfather.