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The Schoolmistress and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Book Overview: 

Collection of short stories in the Chekhov series.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .l the people he had seen two days before, and for the doctor; he burst into tears and sank into a chair.

His friends looked inquiringly at the doctor. The latter, with the air of completely comprehending the tears and the despair, of feeling himself a specialist in that line, went up to Vassilyev and, without a word, gave him some medicine to drink; and then, when he was calmer, undressed him and began to investigate the degree of sensibility of the skin, the reflex action of the knees, and so on.

And Vassilyev felt easier. When he came out from the doctor's he was beginning to feel ashamed; the rattle of the carriages no longer irritated him, and the load at his heart grew lighter and lighter as though it were melting away. He had two prescriptions in his hand: one was for bromide, one was for morphia.... He had taken all these remedies before.

In the street he stood still and, saying good-by to his friends, dragged himself languidly to . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Twenty-one lovely short stories that (incidentally) paint a vivid picture of life in Russia. While I enjoyed the book and the stories, they lacked that something that would tip me over into wildly enthusiastic must-read territory.

They really are vivid - I feel I have a much better picture of, say, t

The Schoolmistress and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
10 out of 10

The short stories of Anton Chekhov are extraordinary in so many ways, but one aspect that is mesmerizing is the fact that they are so accessible – in that readers can at least get some of the messages, if not all the layers and hidden

Did the editors gather the most depressing stories and put them all together in this volume?

Now, THIS is a translation worth its salt--Constance Garnett reveals the kind of ragingly deep simplicity that I always admired Chekhov for--I may have to track down the entirety of this Ecco Press series.

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The start of the collection was a bit boring and slow. It was okay, but not really terribly exciting. Around the midpoint the stories started getting more interesting however, and I was enjoying my reading. I liked "In the Coach-House" and "The Head Gardener's Story". My favourite was "The Bet", abo

Interesting view into lifes of russian people from the old days.

Beautifully evocative stories that take you to another world. Chekhov - what can one say? He is Chekhov. The Great.

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