Grandfather`soldest son, Blagoye, Arsen`s father, is the third member of the home council.The rest of the family listens and obeys. The three elders sometimes leave thehouse intentionally, to give the children a chance to play to their heart`sdesire, the women to talk as much as they might please and the men to smokefreely. The moment, however, one of the “big three” steps into the house, everyone becomes quiet and busy.
Grandpa,being an old man, would frequently behave like a child. At times he would losehis temper for the least trifle, then he would rage, scold, and, in hisexcitement, strike at the nearest one. Again, he would be gentle, generous,play with the youngsters, give them coppers. Then again, for no reason in theworld, he would begin to cry: “I am left alone in this world like a witheredtree on a mountain.”
Youthhas its frivolity, old age its senility.
Theday following Arsen`s adventure, Blagoye came to Radoyka