Subtle humour is one of the key elements in Chekhov's imaginative stories. But as an artist, Chekhov is more complicated. He paints life with all its nuances and shades of grey. His stories are full of characters who give us invaluable insight into universal wisdom of everyday life – civilised professionals, enlightened misfits, philanthropic gentry, rich landowners and impoverished royalty holding a candle for reason, justice and passion. This volume includes: A Trivial Incident, Bad Weather, The Chorus Girl, Zinotchka, A Gentleman Friend.