935: The Older Doctor is released from the Moscow hospital where he has been staying to cure his drug addiction and recalls how, in 1918, he was having an affair with midwife Pelegaya, chiefly because she was able to get him his morphine. They panic when they learn that the government inspector is to visit, filling the empty morphine phials with water. An intake of wounded Bolshevik soldiers tests the hospital to its limits but the inspector is among those who fail to make it, keeping the Young Doctor safe for a while.

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