Chekhov Stories

Summary

Agafya

Summary Agafya

Although Chekhov uses these same literary skills elsewhere, Agafya stands out from his other stories in one important respect. In contrast to many other tales where the ending is understated, Agafya ends on a powerful note of achievement. The young woman initially takes a slow and tortuous route back to confront her husband, but then she strides toward him with determination. Undeniably, Chekhov confounds our expectations with this sudden twist. However, because of the author's subtle feel for the motives of his characters—clearly, Agafya recognizes that she has already jeopardized her marriage and thus approaches her husband with complete abandon—this conclusion rings true. Chekhov leaves us to surmise what will happen next.