The short story "The Ninny" was written by Anton Chekhov. The story is about a man paying the governess of his children, but keeps subtracting from the total for various reasons, such as broken cups and sick days. He gets upset when she does not protest.
Anton Chekhov was a renowned Russian short story writer and playwright as well as a physician. His works explore the range of human spirit, and are often ambiguous, sometimes humorous, gritty, haunting, ironic, anecdotal, facetious, apathetic, lyrical, bizarre, tragic and passionate. His stories often include elements of subjective observation, stream of consciousness, character epiphanies and juxtapositions of pessimism and humor.