The Cossack by Anton ChekhovAs Maxim and Lizaveta, a young married couple, drive home from church on Easter, Maxim finds the joy and beauty in everything. As the newly married couple drives home on their first Easter together, carrying a blessed Easter cake, they see a Cossack at the side of the road. They soon learn that he is sick and too weak to make it home, and he asks for some food if they have any. Maxim immediately wants to share the Easter cake with him; however, his wife refuses to allow this, ripping the cake away from her husband. She feels the cake is holy and should be cut at home properly. Maxim apologizes to the Cossack, and he and Lizaveta go home. But from this point forward, Maxim is haunted by his wifes unkindness and the unkindness shown to the sick Cossack. By the end of the story, his guilt causes a change in their relationship and their lives.
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The Bet By Anton Chekhov
It tells of a clerical student returning home on a cold Good Friday evening who stops at a fire and meets two widows. He recounts to them the canonical Gospels ' story of the Denial of Peter and upon finishing, notes that the two women are deeply moved, leading him to conclude that all of history is connected through truth and beauty. At four pages, "The Student" is one of Chekhov's shortest stories and was the one he identified as his favorite among his own works. Critics have disagreed about whether the protagonist's point of view at the end of the story coincides with Chekhov's perspective. Other critical interpretation has focused on the symmetrical structure of "The Student" as well as the significance of the language used both to tell the story of the Denial of Peter and to tell the story as a whole. On a Good Friday evening, Ivan Velikopolsky, a year-old sacristan 's son and clerical student, walks home and imagines that the bitter wind, cold, and darkness he experiences were also felt throughout history: by Rurik , Ivan the Terrible , and Peter the Great. Along his path, he meets Vasilisa and Lukerya, a mother and her daughter who have both been widowed.
The story was first published by Peterburgskaya Gazeta , in the 21 December No. Later Chekhov re-worked the finale and included the story into Volume 1 of his Collected Works, published in by Adolf Marks. Volodya Korolyov, a second-form gymnasium student, arrives home for Christmas holidays, causing uproar and joy in the house. He is accompanied by his school friend Chechevitsyn. Very soon Volodya's sisters Katya, Sonya and Masha start to notice peculiarities in the boys' behavior. Both are absent-minded, look mysterious, rarely answer questions properly and if speak at all, then with enigmatic one-liners, like "In California they drink gin instead of tea. Later in the evening, after informing Katya that "[w]hen a herd of buffalo gallop across the pampas the whole earth trembles and the frightened mustangs kick and neigh," Tchetchevitsin shocks her even more by revealing that his real name is Montezuma Hawk Claw, the Chieftain of the Invincible.