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“Laevsky played, drank wine and thought that the duel was basically foolish and pointless, as it does not resolve the question, but only complicates it further, however such things are unavoidable at times.”—Anton Chekhov, The DuelExcerpted from The Duel by Anton Chekhov Copyright © 2011 by Anton Chekhov. Excerpted by permission of Melville House, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.