Chekhov Party Stories

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Short stories by Anton Chekhov
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  THE PARTY & OTHER STORIES BY ANTON TCHEKHOV Translated by CONSTANCE GARNETTA P ENN S TATE   E LECTRONIC C LASSICS S ERIES   P UBLICATION  The Party & other stories  by Anton Tchekhov, trans. Constance Garnett   is a publication of the Pennsylva-nia State University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk.Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with thePennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material contained within the documentor for the file as an electronic transmission, in any way. The Party & other stories  by Anton Tchekhov, trans. Constance Garnett , the Pennsylvania State Univer-sity, Electronic Classics Series  , Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18202-1291 is a Portable Docu-ment File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of litera-ture, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2008 The Pennsylvania State University  The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.  Contents THE PARTY............................................................................................4TERROR...............................................................................................39A WOMAN’S KINGDOM.......................................................................52A PROBLEM.........................................................................................94THE KISS............................................................................................102‘ANNA ON THE NECK’......................................................................122THE TEACHER OF............................................................................136LITERATURE....................................................................................136NOT WANTED....................................................................................160TYPHUS..............................................................................................167A MISFORTUNE.................................................................................174A TRIFLE FROM LIFE......................................................................187  4 The Party & other stories  THE PARTY & OTHER STORIES BY ANTON TCHEKHOV Translated by CONSTANCE GARNETTTHE PARTY I A FTER   THE   FESTIVE   DINNER with its eight courses and itsendless conversation, Olga Mihalovna, whose husband’sname-day was being celebrated, went out into the gar-den. The duty of smiling and talking incessantly, theclatter of the crockery, the stupidity of the servants,the long intervals between the courses, and the staysshe had put on to conceal her condition from the visi-tors, wearied her to exhaustion. She longed to get awayfrom the house, to sit in the shade and rest her heartwith thoughts of the baby which was to be born to herin another two months. She was used to these thoughtscoming to her as she turned to the left out of the bigavenue into the narrow path. Here in the thick shade of the plums and cherry-trees the dry branches used toscratch her neck and shoulders; a spider’s web would
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