The art of writing is comparable to artto shorten. It is not hard to guess that the author of these words is the master of the short story AP Chekhov. "Blushing" (a brief summary follows) is one of his small masterpieces, which was written in 1889. This period in the writer's work is marked by the transition from short humorous stories to "seriousness". Indeed, the usual conversation between the protagonist, on whose behalf the narrative is conducted, and the governess of his children, like a curtain in the theater, reveals a whole series of questions of understanding the concepts of "spirituality" and "morality."
The plot of the story is simple and unpretentious.The protagonist, and he is the narrator, invites the governess, Julia Vasilyevna, to reckon. From this moment, you can start a short summary (Chekhov, "Razmaznja") For two months of work a fee is supposed, but the girl, delicate, delicate, or, as the author herself calls it, "ceremonious", for no reason will the first ask herself. The young governess sits down and starts an uneasy conversation.
The contract was about thirty rubles a month.Julia Vasilyevna timidly objects - no, it was about forty ... Now about the timing. She worked for two months. Again, the "cutback", because in fact she worked for two months and five days. Of these, nine Sundays should be deducted, because instead of classes there were walks ... Then three days of toothache, and it was allowed to do until lunch. Three days of celebration. Yes, the expensive cup and saucer was also broken, and Kolya's son, by her oversight, tore off her coat.
Complainment melted in front of my eyes.Instead of eighty rubles, sixty came out, then a minus twelve, then seven, ten, five, three more .... All the timid objections of Julia Mikhailovna were heard with only one steel argument, that they were all recorded, and there was nothing to argue about. She was silent, blushing, her eyes filled with tears, her chin quivered. But in the end she accepted the conditions of the master-narrator, took the due pathetic remnant - eleven rubles, and whispered: "Merci".
We continue the summary (Chekhov, "Razmaznya").Resignation, pathetic, in the opinion of the protagonist, submission and humility cause a storm of indignation in him. He jumps up, and almost pounces on it. Is it possible to obediently humble the bullying, because he insolently robbed her, stole her honestly earned money. Why was she silent? Why did not you defend yourself? "Is it possible to be so much shy!" It is possible - says the expression on her face. In other places, it could not have been given at all.
He gives her a pre-prepared envelope witheighty rubles. She thanks him again, and quickly leaves. Contentment, that joke, the cruel lesson that he presented to the young girl, and which, perhaps, will help her to continue to be "funky", quickly passes, and is replaced by another question: Is it easy to be bold in life?
The final phrase, a rhetorical question thatthe main character asks himself, and at the same time all the readers, leads to deeper reflections. Of course, it is necessary to be a bold, resolute, strong and self-sufficient person. Be able to defend their rights and values. But are these qualities in their pure form, or are they possible due to some external factors and circumstances? The summary (Chekhov, "Razmaznja"), of course, can not convey the entire subtlety and depth of the plot, so it is strongly recommended that you read the original.