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For questions regarding the life and works of the Russian playwright and short-story writer Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904). Uses this tag with the [russian-literature] tag. If the question is about a short story, you should also use the [short-stories] tag.

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Sparrows in "The Bear" by Anton Chekhov

The following dialogue spoken by the character Smirnov in the farce "The Bear" by Anton Chekhov reads as follows: [taps his forehead] Excuse my outspokenness, a sparrow can give ten points ...
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Quote from Chekhov about a person who does not answer a letter

On the Internet, one often comes across, in different versions, Chekhov's statement that a person who does not answer a letter is like a person who rejects a hand extended to him for a handshake. ...
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Was Anton Chekhov the earliest to use stream-of-consciousness technique in his works?

Anton Chekhov was a famous Russian short story writer and dramatist. Early in his career, he mastered the form of the one-act play and produced several masterpieces of this genre. I remember I ...
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What does this comparison between "Chekhovian" and "Hitchcockian" lines mean?

Perpendicular lines are Chekhovian; the introduced gun goes off. Parallel lines are Hitchcockian; the present bomb is enough. I'm reading Heather Christle's The Crying Book. I do not know much about ...
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Why is the Lady "a suffering soul in some page of Dostoyevsky"?

In An Enigmatic Nature, Anton Chekhov writes: "I am a suffering soul in some page of Dostoevsky. Reveal my soul to the world, Voldemar." and "Happiness comes tapping at my window, I ...
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Why does Groholsky head toward the water barrel?

In A Living Chattel, Anton Chekhov writes: [Impersonal Witness] I pressed Groholsky's hand, and got into the train. He bowed towards the carriage, and went to the water-barrel—I suppose he was ...
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Chekhov story involving a "peeping tom" priest and a newly married couple?

The story takes place on a ship and involves the priest spying on the newlyweds couple in their cabin. Can't remember the title though. (It was re-published in one of his short story collections in ...
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How much is 95000 rubles from 1897 worth in today's money?

In the Anton Chekhov play Uncle Vanya, Vanya said that the whole estate was bought for 95000 rubles. How much money would that be in today's market?
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Understanding the usage of "Philosophy" in Uncle Vanya

In "Uncle Vanya" by Chekhov, I noticed a usage of the word "philosophy" that seemed out of place. ASTROFF. A woman can only become a man's friend after having first been his acquaintance and then ...
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Is there a contrast between Trofimov and Lopakhin in Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard"?

I am an intern who is teaching in high school in India. In the syllabus, I got across Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" in Hindi. After discussing the book with the students, I found out that there ...
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Are "the meaning of life", art, and in particular "the life of an artist" themes in Chekhov's drama "The Seagull"?

Are "the meaning of life", art, and in particular "the life of an artist" themes in Chekhov's drama "The Seagull"?
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In The Bet, why does the lawyer willingly stay fifteen years instead of five years for no extra reward?

In The Bet by Anton Chekhov, the lawyer voluntarily accepts to stay in prison for 15 years, instead of the original agreed upon 5 years. Here's the relevant passage: "The death sentence and the ...
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