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“Should we talk of personal life? Yes, that may sometimes be interesting and we might perhaps talk about it; but there again we are constrained, we are reserved and insincere: we are restrained by an instinct of self-preservation and we are afraid. We are afraid of being overheard by some uncultured Esquimaux who does not like us, and whom we don’t like either.”
Letter of Anton Chekhov to V. I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko (Melihovo, November 26, 1896)


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