Anton Pavlovich Checkhov (1860-1904)
Anton Pavlovich Checkhov (1860-1904) stands out as one of the greatest short story writers of the world. He was educated as a doctor of medicine but preferred writing to doctoring. In his short story, “The Lottery Ticket”, he demonstrates that the mere thought of money can severely impact a personal relationship.
Ivan Dmitritch – He is the major character and he is protagonist. He is from a middle-class. He does not care about games of luck till the events in the story.
Masha – A minor character. She becomes antagonist later on. She is the wife of Ivan.
IVAN DMITRITCH, a middle-class man who lived with his family on an income of twelve hundred a year and was very well satisfied with his lot, sat down on the sofa after supper and began reading the newspaper.
"I forgot to look at the newspaper today," his wife said to him as she cleared the table. "Look and see whether the list of drawings is there."
"Yes, it is," said Ivan Dmitritch; "but hasn't your ticket lapsed?"
"No; I took the interest on Tuesday."
"What is the number?"
"Series 9,499, number 26."
"All right . . . we will look . . . 9,499 and 26."
Ivan Dmitritch had no faith in lottery luck and would not have consented to look at the lists of winning numbers, but now as the newspaper was before his eyes, he passed his finger downward along the column of numbers. And immediately, his eye was caught by figure 9,499! Unbelieving, he hurriedly dropped the paper and called her wife, Masha who was astonished after learning that they have a chance of winning.
Without looking at the ticket number, the old couple began laughing and staring at one another in silence, believing in their hope and ignoring disappointment.To torment and tantalize oneself with hopes of possible fortune is so sweet, so thrilling! Bewildered by the possibility of winning, they could not have said nor dream what they both needed that 75,000 for, what they