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A Naughty Boy

By Chekhov, Anton

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Title: A Naughty Boy  
Author: Chekhov, Anton
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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IVAN LAPKIN, a youth of pleasing exterior, and Anna Zamblitskaya, a girl with a tip-tilted nose, descended the steep river bank and took their seats on a bench at its foot. The bench stood at the water's edge in a thicket of young willows. It was a lovely spot. Sitting there, one was hidden from all the world and observed only by fish and the daddy-long-legs that skimmed like lightning across the surface of the water. The young people were armed with fishing-rods, nets, cans containing worms, and other fishing appurtenances. They sat down on the bench and immediately began to fish. I am glad that we are alone at last, began Lapkin glancing behind him. I have a great deal to say to you, Miss Anna, a very great deal. When first I saw you -- you've got a bite! -- I realized at last the reason for my existence. I knew that you were the idol at whose feet I was to lay the whole of an honourable and industrious life -- that's a big one biting! On seeing you I fell in love for the first time in my life. I fell madly in love! -- Don't pull yet, let it bite a little longer! -- Tell me, dearest, I beg you, if I may aspire, not to a return of my affection -- no, I am not worthy of that, I dare not even dream of it -- but tell me if I may aspire to -- pull! With a shriek, Anna jerked the arm that held the fishing-rod into the air; a little silvery-green fish dangled glistening in the sunlight.

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