2. Pavle visits the Dobrovac ESTATE. This estate, now decaying, has started the old famous history 150 years ago with the marriage of the ancestor with a Hungarian woman. The history is as follows: Ljudmila’s great grandfather, Carlo the materialist, grins contently from the family portrait, smoothly combed back, with neatly shaped beard. The next generation shows decadent signs: the grandfather has the floor of the castle tiled with art tiles, he has gothic bells built on the roof. The grandmother, on the other hand, feels endangered in her world. The supervision of the estate is limited by the size of the window where she sits all day, and it is this frame that defines her perspective. She has hired a building constructor that mustn’t build anything, because some woman has warned her that the moment a building is finished she would die. The oppositions of the couple are found in their son. He is a vegetarian who is a passionate hunter, and so on. The family sinks into decadence and the estate decays. The title of the novel is “Fallen Castles”.
3. Pavle visits his UNCLE AND AUNT. The old couple lives comfortably, in harmony, but their children are little mediocrities, unpleasant, fashionable and quarrelsome.
4. A man who ecstatically defends SOCIAL DEMOCRAT-ic ideas visits them.
5. On his way home that night Pavle meets the LOCKSMITH again, now intoxicated, crying, afraid that he would die.
6. The next morning Pavle sees the watercolor of Dobrovac ESTATE, well taken care of, in gilded frames.
7. HIS MOTHER brings him coffee. HIS FATHER takes him to the vineyard. (He is in contact with both parents who are involved in the latest family conflict that repeats every time when his generous mother gives something to somebody which irritates her stingy husband deeply).
8. On his way home he sees the SOCIAL DEMOCRAT arrested, escorted by three policemen.
These episodes are not meaningless. The omniscient narrator says: “the events past and present touched him… He raised his thoughts above the local situation towards the general view of the society. He suddenly saw all the main periods of human civilization with their features”, and the final sentence: “It’s even more clear that none of the human works is perfect6F.” The scene ends with a raven flying over – the mythology of the area defines it a bird of ill omen.
A thorough examination of the preceding scenes will show that this meditation over human history has happened after a double-circled movement.
First circle: 1. meeting the locksmith 2. the Dobrovac estate 3. meeting his uncle and aunt 4. the social democrat Second circle: 1. meeting the locksmith 2. the Dobrovac estate painting 3. his mother and father (acting as equivalents of the uncle and the aunt) 4. the social democrat.
6. Ibidem, pg. 61, 62.