After Nadya, a sixteen year old girl, returns home from
seeing a play at the theater, she is happily consumed with its plot of
unrequited love. To Nadya, unrequited love is the most interesting type of love—after
all, love is boring if everyone is happy.
Nadya’s thoughts quickly turn to her two suitors, Gorny
and Guzdev. Although they have both declared their love for her, she wants to
believe that they do not truly love her. Trying to emulate the unrequited love
with which she had become fascinated after her visit to the theater, she writes
a letter to Gorny to create tension. But wouldn’t it be even more intriguing if
she were to write love letters to both suitors?
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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