“That’s what she’s like, the Mistress of the Copper Mountain. It’s a chancey thing to meet her, it brings woe for a bad man, and for a good one there’s little joy comes of it.” (“The Mistress of the Copper Mountain”, Pavel Bazhov. p. 20)
The ancient and shaky master stone carver, who had taught Prokopich and the other village carvers, to Prokopich’s young apprentice Danilo, about having once seen
work done by the “mountain craftsmen” of the Mistress, “skilful craftsmen who live in the mountain, and no one ever sees them”: “Our serpents, no matter how good they are, they’re but stone, but this was like as if it was living… They’ve seen the Flower ‘o Stone, they’ve got the understanding of beauty.” (“The Flower of Stone,” Pavel Bazhov. p. 61)
from: The Malachite Casket, Tales from the Urals, Pavel Bazhov.
Translated from the Russian by Eve Manning; illustrated by Viktor Kirillov. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1981. http://lccn.loc.gov/82116829