Chekhov Shorts: An Upheaval

Title: An Upheaval
Date Read: 19 January 2010
Word Count: 2718
Briefly: The young governess Mashenka Pavletsky returns to the home of her employers – the Kushkins, to find that everything is in uproar. A two thousand rouble brooch belonging to the mistress has gone missing, and desperate to find it and uncover the thief, the mistress is turning out all of the servant’s rooms. When Mashenka arrives, it is her own room that is in the process of being turned over.
Afterthoughts: I really enjoyed this story. It’s one in which Chekhov once more explores the theme of class-divide, and he does so with great eloquence. There’s a nice twist in the tail at the end of this one too, so it’s well worth reading all the way through (not that I’m suggesting for one minute that anyone should ever only half read Chekhov; the very thought of it, utter sacrilege :))
Notable Quote: “Mashenka threw herself on the bed and sobbed bitterly. Never in her life had she been subjected to such an outrage, never had she been so deeply insulted. . . . She, well-educated, refined, the daughter of a teacher, was suspected of theft; she had been searched like a street-walker! She could not imagine a greater insult. And to this feeling of resentment was added an oppressive dread of what would come next.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

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

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