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This is ranks as one of Chekhov’s darkest stories. Perhaps the darkest of all as child abuse and sleep deprivation lead to horrible outcomes. Chekhov does a great job mixing Varka’s family situation that got her into such a horrible job through hallucinogenic dreams. I also see this story as an allegory about how abusive employers who show no mercy to their employees may lose what they value the most. I am rating this high because of the way Chekhov made us feel for Varka’s plight and even understand her actions.