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    "Heartache" is "Misery"

    "The Chameleon" is about a dog and wondering if it is a stray or the General's dog. Opinions change on what to do with the dog depending on the owner. This is humorous.

    "The Culprit" is about a guy who unbolts parts of passenger trains so he can use the nut as a weight for fishing. Apparently it was a common practice. He's arrested and sent to hard labor. It left me puzzled, but I can see the story as a humorous piece if one is in the right mood.

    I didn't particularly like "A Calamity" although the details were interesting. It was a story of adultery out of boredom as you mentioned.

    That leaves in the short list:

    The Letter
    The Name-Day Party
    Anna on the Neck
    About Love
    The Darling
    The Lady With the Pet Dog
    At Christmas Time

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    Read "The Chameleon" today. Itīs the dogs luck that the chief of police doesnīt know where the dog coes from. And Russian authorities are very much like Brazilian. The treatment of a street dog is very different of the one given to a dog that belongs to an important person.
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    The Chameleon was funny. I haven't read any more of the stories, but I may get a chance today. I am also thinking of reading Balzac's Droll Stories, but that would be for another thread.

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    As usually when animals are involved, I was angry with the treatment of the dog and so I didnīt think the story so funny. But it was a good satire of the police officer.
    Iīll see if I can find Balzacīs Droll Stories.
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    As usually when animals are involved, I was angry with the treatment of the dog and so I didnīt think the story so funny. But it was a good satire of the police officer.
    Iīll see if I can find Balzacīs Droll Stories.
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    I didn't like Hrukin putting his cigarette out on the dog's nose either, but it was an effective way for Chekhov to show that the dog's accuser lack of empathy. I suppose it is more satire than comedy.

    I read "The Letter" http://www.eldritchpress.org/ac/jr/116.htm and "At Christmas Time" http://www.eldritchpress.org/ac/jr/198.htm. Chekhov's bad guys are people who lack empathy. His good guys express their suffering which should have been evident to the others, but isn't.

    "The Letter" was satirically humorous. An alcoholic wanted a drink. A deacon wanted to be a good father and send his son a letter advising him how to behave. The chief deacon wrote the letter for him. These three have different motivations and different levels of empathy toward that son.

    The story "At Christmas Time" was heartbreaking. The contrast between suffering and the lack of empathy here was very sharp. It was the best story so far and very much like "Vanka".

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