Short story “Misery” by Anton Chekhov
1. Why does Chekhov tell the story of Potapov’s grief at a time when he’s working? Why not let us see the little boy dying in the hospital and the father grieving?
2. What do the two sets of passengers contribute to the story? They’re not in”misery”. How does Chekhov make use of them?
3. How does Chekhov keep the story from becoming sentimental?
4. Is there humor in the story? Where? Why?
5. How has chekhov undermined the traditional story?