How the Two Ivans Quarrelled - Nikolai Gogol, John Cournos

On the surface, it seems like a pretty silly premise: life-long neighbors and friends arguing because one calls the other a "goose." However, it doesn't take long to see that the novella offers a commentary on life and the way we humans, among our other foibles, tend to make mountains out of mole hills. How many relationships have been ruined because of an ill word quickly spoken but not soon forgotten?

This isn't my favorite Gogol by any means, but, like all of his other material, it was still worth reading and thinking about.