Czilla, that was such an interesting post. I have never been to Russia, but what you say is characteristic of all of Dostoyevsky's characters.
Perhaps that sheds light on why they excel so much in all the performing arts and many sports...ballet, opera, tennis, etc...is it because they go at it full force?
I had one glamorous Russian friend who went back to Moscow; she was glamorous through and through; rich, tall, blonde and beautiful, she wore nothing but high end designer and sashayed down the street talking in a loud, domineering voice as if she owned the entire town, what a character!! She never asked, said, or told: she demanded. Actually she was quite lovable and sweet though, I miss her.
ok, this may be a little off-topic, but many of the Russian women here in SF still dress like its 1982 (and I'm sure most of them have been living in the states for some time now). I can always spot a Russian woman by her overprocessed hair, (often worn with a large puffy clip-on bow), too-tight pants, nylons in the summer (sometimes worn with sandals, UNDER the too-tight pants), fluffy pastel cowl-neck sweaters, and topped off with heavy makeup (in lovely pastel shades) and heavy perfume. Oh, and let's not forget the '80s blouson-style leather coat...
this sounds bad, I know...but I can spot them a mile away. and the thing I don't get is that there are so many gorgeous Russian models that they can use as inspiration RIGHT THERE in the magazines next to the check-out line at Safeway. why can't they leave the '80s behind? i don't get it.
faust: "but that's a learning curve which I think Russians are zooming through quite quickly" I don't know about that. I live in SF and the Russian women that have been here since the '80s still dress that way. I think they think its pretty.