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”

Confession – or Olya, Zhenya, Zoya: A Letter by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

Everything in the world, and my life, in particular, is governed by chance. Only chance! And chance is a despot. Sounds like a ‘why me?’, doesn’t it? This is a remark by the protagonist of Chekhov’s short story called Confession – or Olya, Zhenya, Zoya: A Letter. It was first published in March 1882 in Alarm Clock,Continue reading “Confession – or Olya, Zhenya, Zoya: A Letter by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

Chase Two Rabbits, Catch None by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

No, this is not a treatise on efficient goal-setting. Or is it? Chase Two Rabbits, Catch None is a short story by Anton Chekhov that was first published in May 1880 in a magazine called Dragonfly. It is available as part of a short story collection published by New York Review books translated by Maria Bloshteyn.Continue reading “Chase Two Rabbits, Catch None by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Review

Has it ever happened to you that you tipped someone you shouldn’t have tipped in the first place, or that you asked a saleswoman for help who you thought was one, but was actually a shopper like you? Do you remember the look on their faces when you did that? It’s likely that they staredContinue reading “The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Review”

Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review

I wonder what your first thoughts were looking at the title of the story. Maybe a memory from childhood or a snapshot of some TV program where the protagonist ended up in a ditch, not able to control their bicycle? Well, just when you thought you had seen it all and laughed all you could atContinue reading “Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis

The Canterville Ghost is a short story written by Oscar Wilde. It was first published in 1887. Unknown to many, this was his first published prose fiction work. Contrary to what the title of the story may suggest, this is a humorous story at the core of which lies the differences in the American andContinue reading “The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis”

A Helpless Situation by Mark Twain: Summary and Plot Analysis

Have you ever been in a situation when you were approached by a distant relative of a friend of a friend’s friend, whom you don’t know and have never heard of before, and they asked you for a favor? If so, A Helpless Situation by Mark Twain is sure to take you for a strollContinue reading “A Helpless Situation by Mark Twain: Summary and Plot Analysis”

A Telephonic Conversation by Mark Twain: Summary and Review

A Telephonic Conversation is a short story written by Mark Twain. It talks about a telephonic conversation that ensues between a woman and her friend, a Mrs.Bagley, while the woman’s husband passively listens to a one-sided conversation writing an article on a philosophical subject in the meantime. Telephone What comes to mind when you readContinue reading “A Telephonic Conversation by Mark Twain: Summary and Review”

The 30000 Bequest by Mark Twain: Summary and Review

The 30000 Bequest is a short story written by renowned American author Mark Twain. It was first published in a collection of short stories. This story revolves around the devastating effects of union of fantasy and finance. Picture this: You are walking down the street mindlessly and  you suddenly come across a beautiful young woman.Continue reading “The 30000 Bequest by Mark Twain: Summary and Review”