76% done with The Master and Margarita

Who doesn’t dream of being royalty, right? Well if all your subjects are criminals and you’re still forced to entertain each of them all night long no matter how tiresome – and you have to do that all the time, it would get old really quick.

At least that’s my reading since I think Bulgakov is comparing the Margarita to a Czar and the damned to the boyars. They were slaves, after all.

Annushka is a folk tale.