“Chekhov Shorts”: An Inquiry

Title: An Inquiry
Date Read: 07 October 2008
Word Count: 888
Briefly: Voldyrev, a country gentleman, arrives at the government offices to make an inquiry. He soon finds out that he may need a bit more than a persistent voice to prompt the officials into action.
Afterthoughts: Straightforward story, full of typical Chekhov humour. The story also seems to have a bit of a poke at city bureaucracy.
Notable Quote: “Still failing to observe Voldyrev, the clerk caught the fly on his lip, looked at it attentively and flung it away. The country gentleman coughed and blew his nose loudly on his checked pocket handkerchief. But this was no use either. He was still unheard. The silence lasted for two minutes. Voldyrev took a rouble note from his pocket and laid it on an open book before the clerk. The clerk wrinkled up his forehead, drew the book towards him with an anxious air and closed it.”

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).