The stories collected in this volume demonstrate Tolstoys artistic prowess displayed over five decades experimenting with prose styles and drawing on his own experiences with humor and compassion. The Two Hussars, inspired by his time in the army, contrasts a dashing father and his mean-spirited son. Illustrating Tolstoys belief that art must serve a moral purpose, What Men Live By portrays an angel sent to earth to learn three existential rules of life. And in the deeply moving Master and Man, a mercenary merchant travels with his unprotesting servant through a blizzard to close a business deallittle realizing he may soon have to settle accounts with his maker. Two hussars -- Strider -- God sees the truth but waits -- A prisoner of the Caucasus -- What men live by -- Neglect a spark and the house burns down -- The two old men -- The three hermits -- How much land does a man need? -- Master and man.