It’s the hope of every consumate ironist that most readers will not get it . Today at Roomers we read Chekov’s The Woman with the dog.
Everything about this tale is stock: the characters,their appearance,their speech, their syntax, their attitudes, the places they go, the situations they find themselves in. It’s an ironic dismantling of the Romantic literature of his day. As a well known ladies man in Moscow and elsewhere, it’s also an ironic portrait of the author himself.
Most of us didn’t get it.