Chekhov is the master of the short story, not just in Russian literature but that of the whole world. In this tale, he tells of an unlikely marriage between an older, ugly and poorly educated man and the beautiful daughter of a church caretaker who tries to make sure she can stay in her home after his death. However, the husband is jealous of his attractive wife and believes she can change the weather to get young men to visit their home (3,560 words).
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