“Chekhov Shorts”: Fat and Thin

Title: Fat and Thin
Date Read: 08 October 2008
Word Count: 751
Briefly: Two old school friends – one fat and one thin, have a chance meeting with one another at the train station
Afterthoughts: Reasonably entertaining tale from Chekhov, although nothing particularly special. Chekohv seems to like demonstrating his knowledge of ancient history in this story.
Notable Quote: “Two friends — one a fat man and the other a thin man — met at the Nikolaevsky station. The fat man had just dined in the station and his greasy lips shone like ripe cherries. He smelt of sherry and fleur d’orange. The thin man had just slipped out of the train and was laden with portmanteaus, bundles, and bandboxes. He smelt of ham and coffee grounds.”

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).