Zinotchka by Anton Checkhov
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  • I like how the story gradually developed, and the imagery with both the kissing scene and Zinotchka's facial expressions was on point

    • by C.Channing
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      “Zinotchka” by Anton Checkhov is about how a young boy came to know to true meaning of a woman scorned.

      First, the story begins with an eighth year old boy in class, and he notices something is off about his teacher. She is anxiously looking out the window, and nervously checking her watch repeatedly. The boy, Petya, didn’t really pay too much attention to her unusual behavior until she gave him a math assignment to do and told him she would be right back.

      Next, Petya is really suspicious about Zinotchka’s behavior that he decides to follow her. She scurries down the stairs, through the berry patch, and over to the pond. At first, Petya thinks Zinotchka is trying to


      sneak berries because of how stern his mother is, but he later learns she is secretly meeting his older brother who was out of class because of a tooth ache. Upon discovering this information, he decides to hold the secret over his brother and Zinotchka.

      Then, Petya decides one day to tell Zinotchka that he caught her kissing his brother, which sends her into a state of panic. She begs Petya not to tell anyone and he simply laughs in her face. Over the next few days, she remains quiet and keeps to herself. After seeing the fear he had instilled in Zinotchka, Petya decides to do the same to his brother Sasha, except his not falling for ...


      • it, and appears not to care.

        Finally, the anger within Zinotchka is starting to build and it’s clearly obvious the deep-seated hatred she has for Petya. Obviously aware of her hatred for him, Petya continues to taunt her and threatens to tell his mother. One day, Zinotchka decides to let Petya know how she really feels about him, which sends Petya screaming for dear life and tells his mother about the entire kissing incident. Patya’s mother tells him it’s not nice to spy, but makes future plans to release Zinotchka from her job. Once she was gone from the teaching position, Zinotchka later married Sasha. Even though it has been years since that incident with Petya took place, Zinotchka’s

        facial expressions still lets him know how much she loathes him.

        Overall, I liked the story because the author kept me on the edge of my seat guessing whether or not Petya was going to tell on Zinotchka. I like how the story gradually developed, and the imagery with both the kissing scene and Zinotchka’s facial expressions was on point. The story also reminded me of a relative I no longer talk to–even despise–because I had a secret and she ran back and told. To this day, I don’t have any communication. People have excellent memory when it comes to recalling good things in their lives; they are even better recalling the bad things.




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