I'm reading Anton Chekhov's long story "The Duel" (one of the many novellas Chekhov left us, bless him, coming in at a little over 40,000 words). "The Duel" is possibly one of the greatest things anyone has ever written. I've read it a couple of times before, but this is the first time I've read it in the wake of having read Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Nikolai Chernyshevsky's What is to be Done?, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes From Underground. And I am seeing new things in "The Duel," especially parallels with the Chernyshevsky novel, and a character who may be at least partially based on the Chernyshevskian revolutionary superman Rakhmetov. All of these ideas of mine are provisional at this point (I still have about 100 pages more of story to read), and I'm poking around to see if I can find out when Chekhov actually read What is to be Done?, so I'll just keep reading and thinking things over, and possibly next week I'll write some highly unoriginal thoughts here on the blog about "The Duel" as Chekhovian commentary on the Russian literary figure of the "Superfluous Man."