By Anton Chekov, @ 10 pages.
It’s funny how the title of a work can influence what you imagine it will be. “The Darling” doesn’t sound that exciting to me, and it wasn’t, but I would not have guessed that I would come away from it with such a high level of repulsion.
Olenka is the protagonist of the story and “The Darling.” Chekov tells us that Olenka is the sort of person who always has to have someone to love. When there is no one in her life to love, she stagnates to the point of having no independent thought at all. When she is with someone she loves, her thoughts are merely repeats of their thoughts.
“The Darling” seems to give a stereotype of a Russian woman. From my time there, it seems that the older women I met sometimes behaved in this way and had these values. But I come away from the story confused. Is this sort of character an ideal for a Russian woman? From the way Chekov wrote the story, I have to form the opinion that it is not.
Overall it seems a really sad story that I don’t plan to revisit.