The Beggar by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov is about a drunkard named Lushkoff who is terminated from a Russian choir. The misery of his life and ill behavior of humans around him has turned him into a beggar who lies for his living. A chance encounter with a prosecutor Sergei changes his view on life.
Sergei offers Lushkoff to work as a woodchopper and earn a living truthfully while the cook Olga shows empathy and kindness towards him. This change of behavior makes a more profound impact on the central character Lushkoff who works hard and finds a job in a notary.
Sergei, after finding a change in Lushkoff after two year, feels proud and satisfied towards his decision of showing kindness. At the same time, Lushkoff regards Olga as his savior.