To Moscow! To Moscow!
In 1903, at the age of 20 (see Figure 4.1 ), Vakhtangov left his hometown for Riga, presumably to embark upon a reliable career as an engineer. Vakhtangov-the-elder insisted that his son avoid Moscow, one of Russia’s major political and cultural centers; he considered it “safer” for Yevgeny to study in quiet provincial Riga. Vakhtangov deliberately fl unked his Riga Technical School exam, but the same year he was accepted by Moscow University’s Natural Science Department. (Anton Chekhov graduated from this department in 1882.) Vakhtangov’s move did not please his pragmatic father. In 1905, Vakhtangov, on his own accord, transferred to the School of Law.