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At Christmas Time. Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov′s story At Christmas Time (1900) is about a married daughter estranged from her illiterate parents in the country, all the time her letters from St. Petersburg were never mailed by her husband. Finally, at Christmas time the mother pays a man in their village to write a stilted message (more his words than hers), which reaches their daughter. Chekhov employs an interesting double-meaning for the last line in the story: "Chacot duche" — which is a restorative bath intended to stimulate the vascular and lymphatic systems — also represents the prospect of healing the heartsick daughter with an eminent reunion.

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