About Mediocrity, Ignorance and Talking Nonsense

“It is faded inactive mediocrity (…). In the fifth class of gymnasium (he) caught 5-6 thoughts of others, froze them and would stubbornly talk them to death. He is not a faker, but a fool who believes what he blathers, but little understands or doesn’t work out completely what he mutters. He is deaf, heartless. (…) He is dull like a hole, and it’s bad for those who believe him like gopher.”
Letter of Anton Chekhov to A. N. Pleshtcheyev (Moscow, October 9, 1888)

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