Chekhov Shorts: An Actor’s End

Title: An Actor’s End
Date Read: 26th January 2010
Word Count: 2375
Briefly: After a big row with his manager, Shtchiptsov the actor – a very large and strong yet simple man – storms back to his room to sulk. Visited by one of his colleagues – the comic man Sigaev, Shtchiptsov reveals that he wants to return to his far distant hometown of Vyazma. Thinking that the big fool is just a bit under the weather, Sigaev heads off to the pharmacy to fetch a bottle of castor-oil.
Afterthoughts: Emmm…in all honesty I’m not really sure what to think make of this one. The story was OK, but not really anything out of the ordinary. There’s a mildly humourous story-thread running through, relating to over-prescription, but for me the best bit of An Actor’s End probably came right at the end (which when you think about it, is very apt :)).
Notable Quote: “Come, it’s no good giving way to the dismal dumps. These neurotic feelings are the limit, old man. You must get well, for you have to play Mitka in ‘The Terrible Tsar’ to-morrow. There is nobody else to do it. Drink something hot and take some castor-oil? Have you got the money for some castor-oil? Or, stay, I’ll run and buy some.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

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