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The Schoolmistress and Other Stories

This collection includes: THE SCHOOLMISTRESS,A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN,MISERY,CHAMPAGNE,AFTER THE THEATRE,A LADY'S STORY,IN EXILE,THE CATTLE-DEALERS,SORROW,ON OFFICIAL DUTY,THE FIRST-CLASS PASSENGER,A TRAGIC ACTOR,A TRANSGRESSION,SMALL FRY,THE REQUIEM,IN THE COACH-HOUSE,PANIC FEARS,THE BET,THE HEAD-GARDENER'S STORY,THE BEAUTIES, andTHE SHOEMAKER AND THE DEVIL. According to Wikipedia: 'Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904) was a Russian short-story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in world literature. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: 'Medicine is my lawful wife,' he once said, 'and literature is my mistress.' Chekhov renounced the theatre after the disastrous reception of The Seagull in 1896; but the play was revived to acclaim in 1898 by Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, which subsequently also produced Uncle Vanya and premiered Chekhov's last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a special challenge to the acting ensemble as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a 'theatre of mood' and a 'submerged life in the text.' Chekhov had at first written stories only for the money, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. His originality consists in an early use of the stream-of-consciousness technique, later adopted by James Joyce and other modernists, combined with a disavowal of the moral finality of traditional story structure He made no apologies for the difficulties this posed to readers, insisting that the role of an artist was to ask questions, not to answer them.'

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    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781455392544
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The Schoolmistress and Other Stories

THE SCHOOLMISTRESS AND OTHER STORIES BY ANTON CHEKHOV

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from: THE TALES OF CHEKHOV, VOLUME 9

THE SCHOOLMISTRESS

A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

MISERY

CHAMPAGNE

AFTER THE THEATRE

A LADY'S STORY

IN EXILE

THE CATTLE-DEALERS

SORROW

ON OFFICIAL DUTY

THE FIRST-CLASS PASSENGER

A TRAGIC ACTOR

A TRANSGRESSION

SMALL FRY

THE REQUIEM

IN THE COACH-HOUSE

PANIC FEARS

THE BET

THE HEAD-GARDENER'S STORY

THE BEAUTIES

THE SHOEMAKER AND THE DEVIL

THE SCHOOLMISTRESS

AT half-past eight they drove out of the town.

The highroad was dry, a lovely April sun was shining warmly, but the snow was still lying in the ditches and in the woods. Winter, dark, long, and spiteful, was hardly over; spring had come all of a sudden. But neither the warmth nor the languid transparent woods, warmed by the breath of spring, nor the black flocks of birds flying over the huge puddles that were like lakes, nor the marvelous fathomless sky, into which it seemed one would have gone away so joyfully, presented anything new or interesting to Marya Vassilyevna who was sitting in the cart. For thirteen years she had been schoolmistress, and there was no reckoning how many times during all those years she had been to the town for her salary; and whether it were spring as now, or a rainy autumn evening, or winter, it was all the same to her, and she always -- invariably -- longed for one thing only, to get to the end of her journey as quickly as could be.

She felt as though she had been living in that part of the country for ages and ages, for a hundred years, and it seemed to her that she knew every stone, every tree on the road from the town to her school. Her past was here, her present was here, and she could imagine no other future than the school, the road to the town and back again, and again the school and again the road. . . .

She had got out of the habit of t

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