The Lottery Ticket

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Ivan Dmitritch is a middle class man who lives with his family. He is well contented as he sits on the sofa reading the paper. His wife is clearing the dishes. She asks her husband to check the lottery numbers. He asks her what is her number. She tells him it is 9499 26.

Ivan notices that the first number is indeed 9499. He drops the paper and it falls on his knees. He begins daydreaming about winning the seventy-five thousand. He and his wife both begin daydreaming about what they would do with the money.

They spend the next few minutes dreaming about a new house and traveling. Both the husband and wife begin making plans for spending the money.

Both the husband and wife are so excited at the thought of winning all the money. They are smiling and dreaming about what they will do with the money.

Then Ivan begins thinking about the possibility of his wife traveling without him. He begins thinking about her becoming stingy with the money. He begins to hate the idea of her having all that money.

Likewise, the wife begins thinking that her husband will be after all her money. After all, it is her money. She begins to hate him for desiring all her money.

Before the couple even knows if they have won, they have already spent the money.

Finally, the husband looks to see if the number is 26. It is not. It is 46. The couple did not win. Immediately, the husband and wife begin to come back down to earth.

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The Lottery Ticket, Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov, born in 1860, was a Russian short story writer, dramatist, and physician.  (This annotation contains an image)
The phrase "terrible and sweet" is an oxymoron; it seems contradicting to describe a sensation with these two words which have opposite meanings. 
Consider the meaning of this statement. Do you agree or disagree with it? Please explain. 
Please explain the meaning of this sentence. 
Take a moment to consider where you think this story is going and make a prediction. 
This story is written in the ___________ person from _____________'s perspective. 
What literary device is Chekhov using when he writes "the bare trees weep"? 
A farthing was a British coin equal to only one quarter of a penny. This term can also be used more generally to refer to a very small amount of something. (This annotation contains an image)
This phrase, which is an example of repetition in the story, uses hyperbole. The video below will explain refresh your memory about this literary device.  (This annotation contains a video)
At what point in the story does Ivan turn from excited to pessimistic? 
Does this story have a moral? If so, what is it? 
This story ends with 
Please explain what changes between Ivan and Masha over the course of the story, and why it changes.