Gevorg Petrosyan



They buried her very solemnly. According to national traditions, the entire Armenian intelligentsia of Feodosia came to the funeral, thus paying the last debt to the deceased and paying tribute to the great artist. The future great composer Alexander Spendiarov specially arrived from Simferopol, and the prominent painter and architect Vardges Surenyants came from Yalta. Natalya was buried in the Church of Surb Sarkis. The place for the grave was allotted fifty meters from the main entrance, next to a small chapel. Natalya’s hair was tugged at by a light wind. Her spirit, having briefly left Vardan, moved to the Feodosia cemetery and mournfully watched the ritual. He was sad because the relatives of the deceased would be tormented all their lives by the consciousness that the newborn had killed her mother, orphaning not only herself, but also her brothers and sister …

An elderly priest — he buried Natalia in the church — said a prayer. Vardges Yakovlevich read telegrams of condolences. Among many others, the Khristenkos also expressed condolences, regretting that due to Vladimir Pavlovich’s illness they could not come to the funeral. Then Surenyants remembered the episodes of Natalya’s wedding with Vardan and compared this beautiful couple with an apple tree that blossomed in spring, one of the branches of which died due to unexpected night frosts; he compared the four children of a young couple to open buds.

On the way, Vardan asked Emmanuil Makhtesyan to visit the cemetery first. When the cemetery fence appeared in the distance, Vardan’s heart began to beat faster. He was told where Natalya’s grave was, and he tried in vain to see it. At the gate, he jumped off the carriage and, running into the cemetery, immediately saw a mound covered with flowers that had not yet withered. At the grave, Vardan froze for a minute, crossed himself, and crouched down beside it.