The Duel by Anton Chekhov

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by Anton Chekhov

Short Story Psychological Fiction Realist Fiction Duality of Human Nature Conflict Morality and Immorality Isolation Self-discovery

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The Duel is a novella by Anton Chekhov originally published in 1891.

The novel begins with Ivan Andreitch Laevsky, a Russian aristocrat who ran away with a married woman - Nadezhda Fyodorovna. The problem is that she has affairs with other men and he thinks of leaving her.

He receives a letter informing him that her husband has died but he does not tell her, since he thinks it would be an invitation to marry him.

Laevsky is friends with a doctor named Alexander Daviditch Samoylenko, who urges Laevsky to marry Nadezhda. Laevsky says he can't get married because he's not in love but he can't leave her either since she has no family or money and depends on him to survive. Samoylenko tells him to give him enough money to live on. Laevsky, however, says that he has a debt of 2000 rubles and that he cannot afford to do it...

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About Anton Chekhov

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short-story writer who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history...

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Everyone has the same God; only people differ.


I am for her an indispensable, integral part of her boudoir.


I am a zoologist or a sociologist, which is the same thing.


And the man who seeks salvation in change of place like a migrating bird would find nothing anywhere, for all the world is alike to him.


The humane studies of which you speak will only satisfy human thought when, as they advance, they meet the exact sciences and progress side by side with them. Whether they will meet under a new microscope, or in the new monologues of a new Hamlet, or in a new religion, I do not know, but I expect the Earth will be covered in a crust of ice before it comes to pass.

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