Anton Chekhov’s “Misery”, a sledge driver, Iona Petapov, grief’s the loss of his son. Iona is not able to willing to listen to his misery as he long to express his anguish. Each person that Iona makes encounters with are preoccupied and did not care to hear his story. Iona ended up having to share his despair with his horse by because the ignorance of his fellow men had left him no choice.
An Officer going to Vyborgskaya was the first passenger Iona picked up. Replying to an inquiry made by the Officer; silently moving his lips; struggling to release his misery, Iona “gives a wry smile, and straining his throat, brings out huskily; My son er my son died this week sir”. (Pg 84; line 10). As Iona proceeded to tell the Officer about the loss of his son, a voice abruptly shouted “Have you gone cracked, you old dog? Look where you are going!” (Pg 84; line 15). The Officer ignored the distraction and requested that Iona continue on and to speed it up. Iona’s next fare, two companions accompanied by a hunchback. After they settled their seating arrangements, Iona waited the opportunity to share his grief; again he received the same negative response; and was verbally abused. After arriving at the destination, Iona is alone once again, doubling his despair “The misery which has been for a brief space eased comes back again and tears his heart more cruelly than ever.” (Pg 85; line 40). While waiting for his next fare, Iona began gazing amongst the crowd of people passing by. Hoping to find someone to share his grief, he addressed house porter for the time and the house porter replied “Going on for ten… Why have you stopped here? Drive on!” Leaving Iona pondered that no one was willing to share his time of grief. Iona returned his cab to the yard he hears a fellow cabman clearing his throat as he awakens thirstily and headed toward the water bucket. Again Iona wanted to express his grief to his fellow member
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