“Chekhov Shorts” : In The Graveyard

Title: In The Graveyard
Date Read: 17 November 2008
Word Count: 890
Briefly: A small group are gathered in a muddy graveyard in the rain discussing the persons interred, when a shabby man appears, asking where the grave of Mushkin is. Obliging the man, the group ask about his connection with the deceased actor.
Afterthoughts: A reasonably amusing tale of a man bemoaning his misfortune to a group of strangers. It would seem Checkhov is making some sort of statement in this story about the widespread and detrimental practice of alcohol consumption.
Notable Quote: “You are right there. Mushkin was a well-known man, you see; there were a dozen wreaths on the coffin, and he is already forgotten. Those to whom he was dear have forgotten him, but those to whom he did harm remember him. I, for instance, shall never, never forget him, for I got nothing but harm from him. I have no love for the deceased.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

*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).