“Chekhov Shorts”: In an Hotel

Title: In an Hotel
Date Read: 13 January 2009
Word Count: 1022
Briefly: Madame Nashatyrin, the colonel’s wife has proper cause to complain to the hotel manager about the profane behavior of one of the hotel guests who resides next to her. She’s all for demanding a change of rooms until she hears of the guest’s social standing and marital status, and then her demeanor begins to change.
Afterthoughts: Typical Chekhov comedy, and another tale showing the fickle practice of placing social standing over principle.
Notable Quote: “”LET me tell you, my good man,” began Madame Nashatyrin, the colonel’s lady at No. 47, crimson and spluttering, as she pounced on the hotel-keeper. “Either give me other apartments, or I shall leave your confounded hotel altogether! It’s a sink of iniquity! Mercy on us, I have grown-up daughters and one hears nothing but abominations day and night! It’s beyond everything! Day and night! Sometimes he fires off such things that it simply makes one’s ears blush! Positively like a cabman. It’s a good thing that my poor girls don’t understand or I should have to fly out into the street with them. . . He’s saying something now! You listen!” “

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).


  1. I see you read quite a few short stories. There’s a Short Story Monday feature at The Book Mine Set you might want to be part of. “Review a single short story, a collection of short stories, or even try your hand at writing your very own. Basically, any short story themed post would work.” Then just go to John’s site and leave a link. There’s a Mr. Linky to sign up and that’s it. Those of us doing it are always looking for good short stories, and you might get a few more readers to enjoy your ss reviews. Just a thought. đŸ™‚

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Sandra – I’ll bear that SS reading challenge in mind. It certainly would expand my readership and expose me to more short stories, something I’m always on the look out for. Many thanks!