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What is the point of view in the short story "A Problem" by Anton Chekhov?

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The point of view in Chekhov's story "A Problem" is that of the young college student Sasha Uskov, although Chekhov does not make this fact conspicuous. Sasha is sitting "in the hall by the door leading to the study," where his relatives are very heatedly discussing a problem the young man has created by cashing a "false promissory note" at a bank. This sort of thing could not be done in modern America, but evidently it was common in Russia at the time. Sasha had created a promissory note and forged another name to it. It other words it looked as if the other person owed Sasha that sume of money. Then he had cashed the note at a bank at a discount. He had intended to redeem the note before it became due, but when the due-date arrived he didn't have the money he had expected. The family is in an uproar because this is a criminal offense. They either have to pay to redeem the delinquent note or let the young man go on trial. The reason we...

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