In a little town, a group of army officers befriend a man named Silvio, who drinks copious amounts of Champagne and enjoys shooting up his room with a pistol. One day during a game of cards, Silvio and a newly transferred officer get into an argument. The proper conclusion in such a situation is a duel, but Silvio declines because he has bigger fish to fry - he’s out to exact vengeance on a man for an offense committed six years prior. Walter Zimmerman delivers a fine performance in a clear voice, inhabiting the world created by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin with ease.
The Shot is a good, but not great, short story by Pushkin. The performance is about perfect with a really nice characterization of the narrator. Nevertheless the story is definitely not worth a full credit, and barely worth the $2 member cash price.
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