Thin student Stěpan Koločkov is studying anatomy in his modest room, but he is finding it hard. Drunken whooping is coming from the neighbour next door. The girl Aňuta is quietly embroidering, but at Stěpan's command she readily strips off her top so that he can check on the disposition of the ribs. The timid girl is clearly his housekeeper as well as lover, and probably even supports him, but the young man is indifferent to her charms. When the painter Fetisov turns up, he agrees to the suggestion that Aňuta should go and pose nude for him. But the girl refuses and angrily leaves the flat. When she gets back Koločkov tells her that he wants her to move out. She is pretty, nice, and she isn't stupid, she will certainly find herself something somewhere. Aňuta does her packing, her face shows dumb reproach and after a moment she bursts out crying. Rather unenthusiastically Stěpan asks her to stay...
Anton Pavlovič Čechov (Aňuta – povídka)
Pokoj v suterénu
The Room in the Basement