“Chekhov Shorts”: The Death of a Government Clerk

Title: The Death of a Government Clerk
Date Read: 04 October 2008
Word Count: 950
Briefly: Ivan Dmitritch Tchervyakov sneezes while at the opera. Will the person he ‘spatters’ accept Tchervyakov’s apology?
Afterthoughts: I liked this story. Well written and enjoyable
Notable Quote: He saw that an old gentleman sitting in front of him in the first row of the stalls was carefully wiping his bald head and his neck with his glove and muttering something to himself. In the old gentleman, Tchervyakov recognised Brizzhalov, a civilian general serving in the Department of Transport. “I have spattered him,” thought Tchervyakov, “he is not the head of my department, but still it is awkward. I must apologise.”

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).