Temperaments by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Scamps, Ramp Scallions and ne’er-do-wells are all of sanguine temperament. It is not recommended to sleep in the same room with anyone who is a sanguine: He’ll tell you jokes all night, and if he does not know any jokes, he will criticize his relatives or else tell lies. He will die of a diseaseContinue reading “Temperaments by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

A Sinner from Toledo by Anton Chekhov: Review and Analysis

A Sinner from Toledo, the short story from Anton Chekhov, was first published in late 1881 in an illustrated literary, art and humor magazine called the Spectator. It is now available as part of a short story collection called Prank published by The New York Review books translated by Maria Bloshteyn. A Sinner from Toledo: Summary and PlotContinue reading “A Sinner from Toledo by Anton Chekhov: Review and Analysis”

Papa by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

No dumpling, not a word about punishment, this is not our boy’s fault. They are all out to get him. I don’t mean to brag here, but I can’t thank my stars enough for having a mother who specializes in overlooking all my faults. This excerpt from Chekhov’s story Papa is such a pleasant reminder of that.Continue reading “Papa by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

Artists’ Wives by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

You know what single girls and young widows? Don’t you go marry an artist. “May tarnation strike them,” As the Ukrainians say. This is Chekhov’s closing advice from Artists’ Wives. This short story, first published in late 1880 in St. Petersburg daily paper, was written under the pseudonym “Don Antonio Chekhonte,”  The story, sometimes assumedContinue reading “Artists’ Wives by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

Dreams by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review

“The peasants called up a picture of a free life such as they had never lived; whether they vaguely recalled the images of stories heard long ago or whether notions of a free life had been handed down to them with their flesh and blood from far-off free ancestors, God knows!” Isn’t it funny thatContinue reading “Dreams by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The New Villa by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review

We treat you humanely, repay us in the same coin. What comes to mind when you read this? Who do you think would have said this in a conversation between a rich and a poor man? Enter Anton Chekhov’s The New Villa. This is a short story Chekhov wrote way back in 1899. It isContinue reading “The New Villa by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Post by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Have you ever been in a one-sided conversation with someone? You might have been the enthusiastic participant or the disinterested one. I apologize in advance if it brought back memories of such a misfortune striking you on a date night! Let me grab my scattered thoughts and try to paint a better picture for you.Continue reading “The Post by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

Peasant Wives by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

“I took him for my soul’s salvation” –  Matvey Savitch tells Drudya, in Chekhov’s Peasant Wives. You might read such a thing and your first guess would probably be that the character must be a highly conscientious person.  Aren’t you in for a surprise! Peasant Wives, is a short story by Anton Chekhov, that wasContinue reading “Peasant Wives by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

The Witch by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

“A witch is a witch” – Savely, the Sexton says to his wife Raissa, in Chekhov’s ‘The Witch’. Husband calling the wife a witch, is nothing we haven’t heard before. What’s new and refreshing, is a little Chekhov spin on it. “The Witch” (Vedma) was first published in March 1886 in Novoye Vremya (Issue No.Continue reading “The Witch by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted: Aesop

Growing up, Aesop’s fables were my constant companion- in and out of school. The very first illustrated copy that I owned was an abridged version for kids that contained a dozen short stories. The Hare and the Tortoise, Crow and the Pitcher, Bell and the cat were some of the predominant few that are probablyContinue reading “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted: Aesop”