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Iona Potapov is a cab-driver in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the days before the automobile. His cab is a horse-drawn sled. It is winter and very cold. Iona is poor, and he is in misery because his...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 3:05 am UTC

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"The Lament," also known as "Misery," is a short story by Anton Chekhov about a Russian sledge driver whose son has recently died and his reactions. The central theme of the story, as the title...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2012 1:03 am UTC

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Anton Chekhov's "Misery" is aptly titled, as Iona, the protagonist, has an exceptionally hard and lonely existence. His everyday life is difficult enough, waiting around in the freezing weather to...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021 11:42 am UTC

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“To whom shall I tell my grief?” The main character in the story “Misery” by Anton Chekhov asks this question because even though he is around people, no one will listen to him. Iona Potapov...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2012 11:40 pm UTC

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Iona's story in "Misery" would be a harsh, unhappy one even without the death of his son. He spends his life waiting for fares in freezing weather, and when he does pick up passengers, they treat...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2021 12:35 pm UTC

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The main conflict in Chekhov's "Misery" is Man versus Society. Iona Potapov is miserable after the death of his son, and what he wants to do is talk to someone about it. But as a cab driver, he...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 7:20 pm UTC

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The first fare Iona Potapov picks up that night wants to go to Vyborgskaya. That name identifies the city as St. Petersburg, to be called Leningrad after the Russian Revolution and then changed...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 10:35 pm UTC

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For Iona’s passengers, the cause and effect in the story are simple. They need to reach their destinations as quickly and comfortably as possible; therefore, they hail a cab. It is bitterly cold,...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 4:16 am UTC

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Having waited an hour since his last fare, Iona picks up three young men, who offer him a derisory twenty kopecks to take them to the Police Bridge. The three men are rowdy and argue with one...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 4:16 am UTC

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The primary conflict in Anton Chekhov’s story is internal, as Iona Potapov is steeped in misery. Close to despair, he wonders how he will cope with his ill health and his grief over his son’s...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 2:13 am UTC

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Clearly, the title and subtitles complement one another. The title "Misery" refers not just to the main situation of the story, but also to the overall mood of the tale in itself. Our main...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

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Iona's first fare of the night comes from a man in a military overcoat who looks to be an officer, though his hood is pulled over his face. He is very short with Iona, demanding to know if Iona's...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 4:16 am UTC

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The protagonist Iona Potapov is virtually all alone in the big city of St. Petersburg. The men he encounters are all strangers. There are no women in the story, either with other women, by...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 5:30 am UTC

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Iona Potapov is grieving over the death of his son. He tries to tell people what he is feeling and thinking, but nobody shows interest or pity for a forlorn old cab driver. The theme of the story...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2015 5:54 pm UTC

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The climax of a story is its point of highest tension or crisis. All through the story, Iona, a poor man who drives a horse and cab in freezing, snowy Russian weather, wants to tell someone of his...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 9:32 pm UTC

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The implication in the story is not that no one believes Iona necessarily, but that, far more tragically, no one cares. "Misery" is a story that concerns a lonely cabman named Iona out on his...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 12:53 pm UTC

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Iona is a recently displaced peasant farmer who is now driving a taxi in the Russian metropolis of St. Petersburg. Iona suffers from depression, homesickness and extreme loneliness and loss. His...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2009 11:21 pm UTC

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A father’s grief—this is the essence of the story “Misery” by Anton Chekhov. Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one can understand the feelings of Iona Potapov, whose son died about a...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 6:57 pm UTC

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In Anton Chekov’s short story “Misery,” Iona Potapov drives a sledge. He is the equivalent of a modern taxi driver, picking up fares and taking passengers where they want to go. As the story opens,...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2021 6:20 pm UTC

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Iona is desperately lonely, which is the source of his misery as is evident in the title. In the story's opening, Iona, a cabman, has been sitting still so long that he "is all white like a ghost."...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 11:13 pm UTC

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Let's explore the chains of cause and effect in Anton Chekhov's short story “Misery.” As the story opens, we wonder why Iona is sitting on his sledge in the snow and why he and his horse are...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2021 9:06 pm UTC

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Iona Potapov is a sledge driver, comparable to a cab driver today. He is deeply unhappy and in the throes of grief, because his son has died. Yet when he tries to tell the people who hire his...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2021 10:43 pm UTC

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The ending of "Misery" is not a happy one, but it is realistic. The poor man can't get anybody to listen to his grief. Nobody cares about him. This seems to be the way of the world. If he were a...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015 11:02 pm UTC

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The protagonist of Chekhov's short story, a cabman called Iona, has recently experienced a sad bereavement. As he tells his latest fare, a military officer, his son died about a week earlier. He'd...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2021 11:35 am UTC

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In the story Misery, it would seem as if the narrator and the protagonis, Iona, are the same person but it is not. In fact, the narrator is a third person omniscient and subjective which knows all...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2010 1:40 am UTC

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Iona, the driver of a horse-drawn cab or sledge in Anton Chekhov’s story “Misery,” is an elderly widower whose son has recently died. He does not drive skillfully. It is not clear from the story if...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2021 6:26 am UTC

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Meter is the rhythm in a poem which is a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables. Meter is typically ascribed to poetry, but an example from "Misery" comes in the first line: "To whom shall I...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 4:15 pm UTC

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