The Clemency of the Court
The title refers to Serge's being in prison for the rest of his life rather than being given the death penalty.
Serge, a man who was brought up by a Russian woman after his mother died, kills the babushka's husband after he kills Serge's dog. Serge is then sent to a borstal. The story ends with the rationale that even though life was tough in Russia, the United States cares for their children no better.
- Serge Povolitchsky, a young man whose Russian mother drowned in a pond.
- Mrs Sholdi Davis, the Russian woman who cares for Serge.
- Mr Davis, Sholdi's husband.
- Matushka, Serge's dog.
- Willa Cather's Collected Short Fiction, University of Nebraska Press; Rev Ed edition, 1 Nov 1970, page 540