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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Rich and the Poor

Argumenty i Fakty ran the following letter to the editor on its front page.

The three of us have been fast friends since the first grade. And now something terrible has happened: Marina's father has become a businessman. He has begun riding in foreign cars, he travels abroad and he has been dressing his daughter up like something right out of a fashion magazine.

Natasha and I look like little ragamuffins sitting next to her in the dresses that our mothers made for us. In order not to feel completely poverty-stricken, we don't sit with Marina anymore and between classes we avoid her. We can't even talk to her anymore. She has such different problems, like what kind of home electronics to buy or where to take her next vacation. Our families only talk about whether or not they will get their wages this month and, if they do, how to stretch it as far as possible.

Please, don't think that we are envious. Marina is a great girl and we really love her. But we don't like feeling like gray mice around her. I remember how happy we all were when the authorities decided to get rid of our stupid black and brown school uniforms. Now I think it was a mistake. It would be better if we were all stuck in those same drab clothes.

Everyone else in our class is just furious that Marina has joined the bourgeoisie. She, poor thing, tries to join in with the collective. She wants to be like everyone else, but she remains alone.

Natasha and I feel sorry for her, and a little ashamed of ourselves. In fact, we don't know who to feel more sorry for.

Argumenty i Fakty, March 1