Chekhov Shorts: Darkness

Title: Darkness
Date Read: 19th November 2013
Briefly: Kirila is desperate to get his brother out of prison and so he tracks down the doctor in charge of the convict ward where his brother is convalescing, and begins to beg to the doctor’s better nature.
Afterthoughts: There’s no doubting that this story has come from the hand of Chekhov, and yet it’s nowhere near as polished or as good a story as the man is capable of writing. It’s one of these “Oh, woe is me, do people never learn?” kind of tales, and although it’s mildly amusing it’s not much else. A shame because the premise is an interesting one.
Notable Quote: “Doctor, kind gentleman!” he besought him, blinking and again passing his open hand over his nose. “Show heavenly mercy; let Vaska go home! We shall remember you in our prayers for ever! Your honour, let him go! They are all starving! Mother’s wailing day in, day out, Vaska’s wife’s wailing . . . it’s worse than death! I don’t care to look upon the light of day. Be merciful; let him go, kind gentleman!”

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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

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