“Chekhov Shorts”: A Classical Student

Title: A Classical Student
Date Read: 04 October 2008
Word Count: 1092
Briefly: Vanya goes off to take his exam in Classical Greek. Will he get the mark he’s hoping for?
Afterthoughts: It may have just been me, but I didn’t really get the point of this story. It also has a strange and abrupt ending.
Notable Quote: Before setting off for his examination in Greek, Vanya kissed all the holy images. His stomach felt as though it were upside down; there was a chill at his heart, while the heart itself throbbed and stood still with terror before the unknown. What would he get that day? A three or a two?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

*Story read as part of my Checking Off The Chekhov Shorts reading challenge.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).