TV Special

Zinotchka TV Special

"Has any one of you watched the ecstasies of hatred?"

So begins one of Anton Tchekhov's short stories of first-hate, rather than first-love, as recollected by an old officer in the Russian Guards during a shooting party at the end of the 19th century. He admits to his fellow huntsmen how he held his governess to mental ransom, having seen her love-making with his older brother near the lake of his country house. He never forgot that terrible look of hate she gave him on leaving for the last time....