Title: The Chorus Girl
Date Read: 18th May 2010
Briefly: Singer Pasha is entertaining her admirer Nikolay Petrovitch Kolpakov in the outer room of her summer villa when suddenly there’s a knock at the door. Wishing to keep anonymity Kolpakov springs up out of his repose and rushes off to an adjoining room in order to hide. A prudent move by Kolpakov because at the door is none other than Kolpakov’s wife, and she’s livid that her husband may be there. The perfect peace of Pasha’s afternoon is about to shattered.
Afterthoughts: Straightforward for the most part, Chekhov puts a little twist into the end of this story making it more delightful than it would have been otherwise. Fundamentally though, just another typical ‘woe is me’ tale from Chekhov.
Notable Quote: x”Where is my husband?” the lady went on. “Though I don’t care whether he is here or not, but I ought to tell you that the money has been missed, and they are looking for Nikolay Petrovitch. . . . They mean to arrest him. That’s your doing!”
*Story read as part of my Checkin’ Off The Chekhov Shorts reading challenge.