I need some assistance with these assignment. a samovar as a popular russian kettle Thank you in advance for the help! Russians are hospitable people, and they are always willing to welcome their guests. It is considered un-Russian to welcome a guest and not offer him/her tea. Therefore, the importance of samovar is emphasized because it is the one that keeps the tea warm all the day long.  .A samovar was introduced in Russia in the 19th century. It was a centerpiece of any Russian household, rich or poor. Samovar is so popular in Russia such that it is mentioned in almost every Russian literature material.
In the Seven Samovars, a guest is surprised by the sight of seven samovars. David, the guest, says that two years have passed since he was served with a “full cup” of tea (Sursi 1). But the service lady explains, “that is the Russian way to take tea” (1). Russians love tea and instead of sugar, they sometimes add a spoonful of jam. The author is surprised by the seven eponymous samovars sitting on the long counter. He admits that the last time he saw such antique boilers was in a museum (Sursi 1). In the first instance, the author thought that they were placed on the counter for decoration.
The author appears to demonstrate that a non-Russian would not understand the use of the samovar at first sight. The author was surprised that though the samovars do not look electric, they were still in use. In the closing line of his story, the author has already understood the use of a samovar. “My samovars are full, and the water is boiling” (Sursi 1).
Russians consider a samovar to be a symbol of their hospitality. In Russia, ‘samovar’ means a self-cooker. Goldstein observes that the samovar is not “a strictly Russian discovery” (Goldstein 195). Samovar was created from the idea of Mongol hordes who were invading Russia in the thirteenth century. The samovar is said to resemble the appearance of the Mongolian hot pot (195). Russians are referred to Goldstein as “tea-loving Russians” and the found the samovar “too efficient to be ignored” (195). They fell in love with the “pot”, adapted it and integrated it within their culture such that it became something that no household could afford to live without. Contrary to the popular belief, a samovar is not used to cooks tea. The samovar boils water and the tea are brewed separately into a strong concentration popularly known as ‘zavarka’ (Goldstein 195). Tiny pots are used to hold the savarka. These pots are always placed on top of a samovar which keeps the tea warm all day long.