Date Read: 17 November 2008
Word Count: 1494
Briefly: Starving on the streets of Moscow a father and a son are in search of food. They stop outside a three-storey restaurant where the son, aged eight and a half, spots a word he does not recognise – ‘oysters’. He father informs him it is a seafood and the son begins to crave the culinary delights of oysters, that is until his father explains exactly what an oyster is.
Afterthoughts: This is Chekhov comedy at it’s finest. I really enjoyed this tale
Notable Quote: “Oysters . . .I made out on the placard. A strange word! I had lived in the world eight years and three months, but had never come across that word. What did it mean? Surely it was not the name of the restaurant-keeper? But signboards with names on them always hang outside, not on the walls indoors! ”
*Story read as part of my Checking Off The Chekhov Shorts reading challenge.