Ivan Lyashkevsky, a Polish lieutenant who suffered a head
injury, spends a large amount of time grumbling about the native people of the
town in which he lives—he thinks them to be lazy and useless, and is quick to
express his views. On this particular day, he is visiting with his friend Franz
Finks and studying his native landlord out the window.
Lyashkevsky grows increasingly angry with the native
people as he discusses their flaws with Finks throughout the entire day. By
that night, Lyashkevsky has discovered even more people and things to be
disgruntled with, not realizing that he embodies much of what he has come to
dislike so strongly.
Anton Chekhov was a Russian physician, dramatist and
author who is considered to be one of the greatest writers in history. His stream-of-consciousness
short stories, written near the end of the 19th century, spurned a new literary
genre that would later be echoed in works of several great writers, including
James Joyce and William Faulkner. Chekhov’s stories are essential reading for all
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