Anton Chekhhov (1860 – 1904) is one of the most famous dramatist. No one but Chekhov could understand tragedy of small things so finely and clear. His legacy includes the best works of the Russian flash fiction. An Enigmatic Nature is a story of two people talking in a railcar compartment. The author claims he understands his interlocutress fully and asks her to tell him abouther life. As she tells him her way to happiness and how she has been overcoming difficult obstacles to reach it, his confidence in correctness of his opinion about herstrengthens. Until the young lady reveals the reason of her unhappiness at the moment. The short story shows in a simplified way how we may be surprised bysomeone we think we know entirely. It will cheer you up and set you thinking as well.