Strange story of Anton Chekhov’s last days, his precipitous physical decline followed by a vain attempt at rejuvenation at the Badenweiler spa and resort in Germany. We see Chekhov die of his illness in a hotel bed. This is witnessed only by the local doctor, a Dr. Schwohrer, and his wife Olga. Chekhov’s wife then calls for a hotel bellboy and sends the boy on an errand for a mortician, hence the title of the story. Apparently this is the last story Raymond Carver wrote before his death in 1988. Carver died of lung cancer and Chekhov of tuberculosis, a well-known respiratory illness.
Egads, how depressing!
In the spirit of the internet, here are cute animals!
It’s ok, you two. They’re just humans. Let’s chase some squirrels, shall we?