Stories of Russian life told with a fine, clear realism, with lights and shades such as Turgenev alone knows how to convey. Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett.
Knock, Knock, Knock -- The Inn -- Lieutenant Yergunov's Story -- The Dog -- The Watch
always bothering about himself!" I thought again. I must add, however, that of late I had begun noticing an unusual expression of anxiety and uneasiness on Tyeglev's face, and it was not a "fatal" melancholy: something really was fretting and worrying him. On this occasion, too, I was struck by the dejected expression of his face. Were not those very doubts of which he had spoken to me beginning to assail him? Tyeglev's comrades had told me that not long before he had sent to the authorities a project for some reforms in the artillery department and that the project had been returned to him "with a comment," that is, a reprimand. Knowing his character, I had no doubt that such contemptuous treatment by his superior officers had deeply mortified him. But the change that I fancied I saw in Tyeglev was more like sadness and there was a more personal note about it.
"It's getting damp, though," he brought out at last and he shrugged his shoulders. "Let us go into the hut--and it's bed-time, too." He had the hab
A fine collection of superbly written tales; the title story and The Dog have a supernatural theme, but the other three are more in keeping with the mystery genre. All are interesting, and there are scenes in Knock, Knock, Knock which are among the creepiest put on paper (and I'm a big reader of horror and ghost stories). I read them through in one morning, they were so enjoyable.