“Chekhov Shorts”: The Album

Title: The Album
Date Read: 29 October 2008
Word Count: 767
Briefly: On retiring after 10 years service Zhmyhov, the actual civil councillor, receives a photo album from his subordinates, full of their portraits, so that he may never abandon them until death.
Afterthoughts: Short, to the point and comes with a humourous ending.
Notable Quote: “During the course of more than ten years, we, your subordinates, on this so memorable for us . . . er . . . day, beg your Excellency to accept in token of our respect and profound gratitude this album with our portraits in it, and express our hope that for the duration of your distinguished life, that for long, long years to come, to your dying day you may not abandon us. . . .”

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).