Riddle experts, or "Oh nearing midnight, and Herman all there"

«And what a mystery-something?" - You ask.Who is Herman, what midnight and generally talk about what was going on?In fact, everything is simple: it is the catch phrase of Pushkin's "Queen of Spades".Yes it Is Pushkin only him?

bit of history Back in 1833 Alexander wrote a prose tale, with unfinished story, which brought him, however, the greater glory and repeatedly issued abroad.The mystical intrigue, the theme of fate, fortune, kartёzhnogo gambling, games of passion - it was very popular in society.Youth poor but ambitious dream "make a fortune" because of the game.Man About Town jaded tickled their nerves and received a new experience, to bet a huge amount.The emotions overflowing, mystery and intrigue, finding treasured combinations promise a 100% gain, secret love, seduced innocence, human unscrupulousness - that such an atmosphere filled with the story, which sounds the famous "Oh nearing midnight, and Herman allNo! »

plot and characters

hero of the story - a young man, a German by birth, by the name of Hermann.He was venturesome, but poor, saves money, takes no cards in hand, while dreaming break the bank and become rich overnight.His friend once said about his grandmother, allegedly knowing the secret of the "three cards", with which you can earn millions.The old woman, the Countess has a poor girl - Lisa.Seduce her, the hero tries to get close to the old woman.The phrase "too nearing midnight, and Herman all there is" just says Lisa, waiting for an imaginary lover.However, everything ends sadly.The countess, frightened Hermann dies.Maps cherished it like and learns even twice gets big win.However, the third time is lost outright, and going crazy.Now more about the mysterious phrase "already nearing midnight, and Herman all there" and some "mistakes" in the spelling.

two "Queen of Spades»

In early December 1890 the audience of the famous Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg came to the premiere of the opera that has been the third century has been on the most prestigious stages of the world.This "Queen of Spades", the music for which was written by the great Tchaikovsky.Artwork created based on the very novel by Pushkin, and with poems and Ryleeva Derzhavin, Zhukovsky and Batiushkov.The author of the libretto is by Modest Tchaikovsky, brother of the composer.He apparently came up with the next aphorism: "Oh nearing midnight, and Herman all there."

Two German

Why Tchaikovsky?Because, in Pushkin's text of the proposal is not.It's not the original poet, librettist used successfully.As well as the main character in the opera - not a direct counterpart of the hero of the story.Herman ("Queen of Spades" -opera) - the name of the character, it is spelled with one letter "n", and it is quite right;patronymic derived from it - Germanovna, Germanovich.In the story, we read: "Germany was the son of Russified Germans ...".That is the German name of the hero, the modern Russian spelling German word «Hermann» by «her Mann», ie,person, man, husband.Thus, Pushkin's poetry, like his prose, demonstrate how a creative approach to the language of the author, skillfully playing with certain linguistic phenomena.But if these subtleties do not know, you can make a mistake in spelling and word interpretation.

meaning of the phrase

As for the meaning of the phrase, it became airborne, phraseology.In which case it would be the use of the place?For example, if we are talking about is late person.And you do not just want to emphasize the fact of the absence of anyone, and do it ironically.Or when you want to express disappointment over the delay.Then a look pointedly at his watch and deliberately dramatic voice said, "Oh nearing midnight, and Herman all there!»