Title: A Daughter of Albion
Date Read: 06 October 2008
Word Count: 1,475
Briefly: District Marshal of Nobility, Fyodor Andreitch Otsov, goes to visit his friend Gryabov, only to find him fishing at the lake, with his wife, an English woman, who can’t speak a word of Russian.
Afterthoughts: Another strange but entertaining tale from Chekhov. This one is perhaps most notable for the high degree of anti-English sentiment (or perhaps satire) that it contains.
Notable Quote: ” “I wonder at her not a little,” Gryabov went on, “the great stupid has been living in Russia for ten years and not a word of Russian! . . . Any little aristocrat among us goes to them and learns to babble away in their lingo, while they . . . there’s no making them out. Just look at her nose, do look at her nose!”
*Story read as part of my Checking Off The Chekhov Shorts reading challenge.