“Chekhov Shorts”: The Cook’s Wedding

Title: The Cook’s Wedding
Date Read: 10 April 2009
Word Count: 1923
Briefly: Over a period of time Grisha, ‘a fat solemn little person of seven’, quietly observes the development of a forced relationship of the servant cook Pelageya with the cabman Semyonitch, and his silent sympathy towards the cook grows. As events lead up to the inevitable marriage, Grisha’s empathic concern reaches breaking point.
Afterthoughts: Take away his comedic character description and what one has here is rather an endearing little story from Chekhov. I particularly adore the character of Grisha because his pure and unadulterated concern for another human being is a delight to behold.
Notable Quote: “When the visitor had gone out of the kitchen, Pelageya appeared and began clearing away. Her agitation still persisted. Her face was red and looked scared. She scarcely touched the floor with the broom, and swept every corner five times over. She lingered for a long time in the room where mamma was sitting. She was evidently oppressed by her isolation, and she was longing to express herself, to share her impressions with some one, to open her heart.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of my Checkin’ Off The Chekhov Shorts reading challenge.

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