The Teacher of Literature by Anton Chekhov

Chekhov studied to be a Dr. He once said “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.” It has been said Chekhov’s last words were, “I haven’t had champagne for a long time.” His words were a satirical reference to a specific etiquette practiced in German medicine at the time; when it was determined that there was no hope for a patient’s recovery, it was customary for the doctor to offer the patient a glass of champagne. I think this story is classic Chekhov: simple life, simple enjoyment. Then discontent and the need to escape, to become something moreā€¦ Enjoy!

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