Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Neva River. River running through St. Petersburg. Just as the river runs through the great Russian city, it also threads through the poem, responsible both for giving life to the city, as well as destroying Yevgeny.
*Senate Square. Government center in St. Petersburg. In the poem, called “Peter’s Square,” after the statue of Peter the Great, “The Bronze Horseman,” overlooking the Neva. Yevgeny waits out the flood here and after discovering that his fiancé has perished in the city’s low-lying, poorer regions, he returns half-crazed for his final encounter with the “Horseman.” Yevgeny’s plight echoes that of Pushkin. Socially liberal military officers and friends of Pushkin staged a putsch on this square demanding the emperor enact wide-ranging social reform. They were brutally suppressed, though Pushkin was unscathed due to his social proximity to the emperor.