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The House with the Mezzanine

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The House with the Mezzanine

by Anton Chekhov

Genre: Comedy
Setting:
Format of Original Source: Novella
Recommended Adaptation Length: Two Hours

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

“I call it good breeding,” said Bielokurov, with a sigh, “not so much not to upset the sauce on the table, as not to notice it when some one else has done it. Yes. An admirable intellectual family. I’m rather out of touch with nice people. Ah! terribly. And all through business, business, business!”

He went on to say what hard work being a good farmer meant. And I thought: What a stupid, lazy lout! When we talked seriously he would drag it out with his awful drawl–er, er, er–and he works just as he talks–slowly, always behindhand, never up to time; and as for his being businesslike, I don’t believe it, for he often keeps letters given him to post for weeks in his pocket.

“The worst of it is,” he murmured as he walked along by my side, “the worst of it is that you go working away and never get any sympathy from anybody.”


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