Date Read: 11 April 2017
Word Count: 2206
Briefly: Dining in a closed-off restaurant with his lawyer, manufacturer Frolov becomes more and more irritated as he becomes more and more drunk. What it is the source of all of Frolov’s angst? Unlucky for him, his lawyer friend is about to find out.
Afterthoughts: A fairly average story from Chekhov, sprinkled with mild humour, which more or less centres around the old adage that money doesn’t buy happiness. What it does seem to buy you according to this story however, is a whole host of performing sycophants.
Notable Quote: “Ah, the parasite!” said Frolov, “let me introduce him, he has made his fortune by grunting like a pig. Come here!” He poured vodka, wine, and brandy into a glass, sprinkled pepper and salt into it, mixed it all up and gave it to the parasite. The latter tossed it off and smacked his lips with gusto.
*Story read as part of my Checkin’ Off The Chekhov Shorts reading challenge.