ACT I The Act takes place in autumn in a large village. The Scene represents Peter’s roomy hut. Peter is sitting on a wooden bench, mending a horse-collar. Anísya and Akoulína are spinning, and singing a part-song. PETER [looking out of the window] The horses have got loose again. If we don’t look out they’ll be killing the colt. Nikíta! Hey, Nikíta! Is the fellow deaf ? [Listens. To the women] Shut up, one can’t hear anything. NIKÍTA [from outside] What? PETER. Drive the horses in. NIKÍTA. We’ll drive ‘em in. All in good time.