May 01, 2016

At the Dacha

It is surprising to see how many of Chekhov’s comic stories stand the test of time and can still be read with enjoyment more than a hundred years after they were written. This story deals with a family enjoying its summer vacation in the country. The word дача in the title is culture specific; some of the more difficult words are glossed with footnotes.

Read the text of this excerpt from Anton Chekhov’s comic story and answer the questions at the end.

«Я вас люблю. Вы моя жизнь, счастье — всё! Будьте сегодня в восемь часов вечера в беседке… Имя своё не подписываю, но я молода, хороша собой... чего же вам ещё?»

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