Browsing Archives of - 2014 March

#034 The Cook’s Wedding

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Anton wanted to dress appropriately for the holiday.  Our story today contains roughly 1909 words: Travis Review: This story is seen through the eyes of Grisha, a “solemn little person of seven.” He watches in horror over a series of days as an arranged marriage of his family’s house cook... Read More »

#033 A Dead Body

Find today’s 1887 word story here: Travis Review: Today’s story, has two men “performing one of the most disagreeable and uninviting of peasants’ duties.” They are in the woods freezing and watching over a corpse. One is young and other is an old simpleton with a “goat beard.” The young man humiliates his companion’s intelligence, which seem to... Read More »

#032 Head of the Family

Find this 1500 word story here: Travis review:  Today’s story is a character study of a bully. Stepan Stepanitch is wealthy, pompous, and a coward who attacks everybody weaker than him. If he wakes up in a “gloomy state of mind” after losing at cards or suffering from dyspepsia after a night of drinking, there will... Read More »

#031 A Malefactor

Today’s story is 1543 words. Travis Review: Denis Grigoryev is a peasant who is woefully impoverished and in horrible health, but that’s not his biggest problem. His problem is that he is not very bright. He cannot understand why he is being brought up on charges of sabotage (or ” Article 1081 of the Penal Code”). He... Read More »

#030 The Huntsman

Find today’s 1854 word story here: Travis Review: A chance encounter in the woods reveals an intimate history between Yegor,a huntsman, and Pelagea, a peasant woman. This story can be seen either as a story about a selfish man refusing to grow up and the repercussions it has on another, or as a tale about a... Read More »

#029 Gone Astray

You can find this 1590 word story at  Travis Review: In today’s story two drunken lawyers come out of the woods in the middle of the night heading for their summer cottages. The first lawyer’s wife doesn’t seem to want to open the door for him, so he heaves himself through an unlocked window only... Read More »

#028 The Fish

Today’s fish story comes in at 2047 words.  Travis Review: Men will forever be boys. There is work to be done, but when there is a brother in need and that need involves capturing a fish… well other obligations can wait. So two carpenters are shrugging off their work and doing what I’ve recently... Read More »

#027 Malingerers

Today’s story is 1379 words: Travis Review: The last sentence could have easily been the title of this short, “The deceitfulness of man.” A wealthy general’s widow runs a clinic for the poor. While her liberal heart beats true for the impoverished locals in need, she is also a victim of their flattery. Her giving soul... Read More »

#026 A Country Cottage

Very short one today…only 661 words: Travis Review: The story begins with a husband and wife on an evening stroll walking by a train station. It seems they are alone, but they are not. The third character is the moon, which “peeped up from the drifting cloudlets and frowned, as it seemed, envying their... Read More »

#025 Nerves

We’ve hit 25 stories so far. This one is 1598 words.  Travis Review: What is interesting about this story is that the main character, Vaxin, has freaked himself out by obsessing about spirits of the dead after an evening where “Vaxin himself had asked for a saucer and shown the young ladies how to converse... Read More »