Short Story #126: Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov
Author: Anton Chekhov
|In case you were wondering|
what a gooseberry was.
I certainly was.
ReflectionIvan's speech is largely the cornerstone of this story: "don't be calm and contented, don't let yourself be put to sleep! While you are young, strong, confident, be not weary in well-doing! There is no happiness, and there ought not to be; but if there is a meaning and an object in life, that meaning and object is not our happiness, but something greater and more rational. Do good!" It speaks to the sense of loss that seems to occur when our goals are tangible items such as gooseberries and material wealth. Chekhov hits also upon the idea of how we fool ourselves into believing something is great because of the amount of time and energy we have spent on something. He calls upon Pushkin to further elaborate on the sunk cost fallacy:
"'Dearer to us the falsehood that exalts
Than hosts of baser truths.'"
This was definitely a story that I benefited from talking about with others as I don't know I would have enjoyed and appreciated it as much the first time around.
Short Story #126 out of 365
Rating: 3 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 4/24/2014
Source: This short story was found in a collection of Chekhov's works on the Gutenberg Proejct.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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