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Stifon  Sfoliitoli 

Aspiring  academic  Andrei  Kovrin,  while  summering  in  the  countryside  per  the 
advice  of  a  physician,  is  haunted  by  the  apparition  of  a  black  monk  that  appears 
only  to  him  and  encourages  him  in  his  intellectual  pursuits.  Although  Kovrin  is  the 
only  one  who  can  see  the  apparition,  the  monk  assures  him  that,  even  if  he  were 
a  creation  of  the  imagination,  he  would  still  be  a  thing  of  nature  and  consequently 
real.  Chekhov  uses  this  vehicle  for  a  gothic  exploration  into  scholarly  obsession 
and  madness. 

Head  for  bji 
fotaf  running  fimir 

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