The worms will be discussing The Short Stories by Anton Chekov.
These stories discuss issues and themes of disease, wealth and class, food, the cosmos, the breaking of aristocratic society, failed ideas and how people connect to the natural world. Many tales, such as Agafya and Steppe, are set in the Russian countryside and focus on the beauty of its landscape. Chekhov is clearly intrigued by his characters' relationship to the land and how this varies—or does not vary—according to social standing. Peasants work to earn their daily bread, while some members of the upper class drive around in grand chaises admiring the view. Often, it is Chekhov's aristocratic characters who seem shocked by the diverse wildlife and scope of their surroundings.