From “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov

27 Mar

“You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don’t want to understand you.”
–from “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov

4 Responses to “From “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov”

  1. gerard oosterman March 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    I like all of Chekhov’s books and quotes.

  2. Robert M. Weiss March 28, 2015 at 3:11 am #

    Chekhov is a master of short stories, but his attitude towards his characters is often tinged with irony, so one must be careful when quoting.

    • auntyuta March 28, 2015 at 6:17 am #

      To be honest, Robert, I have no idea what “The Bet” story’s characters are like. Maybe some kind of irony is allowed when you think about it how people often take lies for truth and so on.

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