on ulitsa Monetnaya
At that time Blok lived on the fifth floor of a house on Malaya Monetnaya Street.
A large window with no drapes or curtains and a view over roofs, trees, and Kamennoostrovsky prospekt. Blok always rented apartments high up, so as to have a large space stretching before his windows. At Ofitserskaya 57, where he died, his apartment was even higher up, with a view over New Holland, a view that was wider and more airy… Furniture made of mahogany (in the ‘Russian Empire’ style), a dark carpet, two large bookcases by the walls, standing opposite one another. One had its drapes drawn aside and was full of books. The glass front of the other was tightly covered in green silk. Later, I found out that this bookcase contained not books, but bottles of wine – of Neuilly from the Yeliseevsky Shop (? No. 22). At the top were full bottles; at the bottom, empty ones. Nearby, there were a corkscrew, several glasses, and a towel. As he worked, Blok would from time to time approach the bookcase, pour some wine, drink the glass down in one go, and then sit down again at his desk. An hour later, he would once more approach the bookcase.