"The Darling" is a story of Anton Chekhov, written in December 1898. First published in "The Family" magazine (1899, № 1). It was included in the 9th volume in assembly of Chekhov's works, released by book publisher Adolph Marx. The story reflected the life experiences and Chekhov's memories of his stay in Taganrog, Moscow, Yalta; there are reproduced the real signs of the times. The image of the main character aroused mixed reactions from Chekhov's contemporaries, though in general "The Darling" was warmly received by the literary community of Russia of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
In Chekhov’s notebook is a note indicating that the idea of the future story the author matured and changed for ten years. Judging by the rough drafts, Anton Pavlovich had originally planned to write a novel in which the heroine would have figured, "radiating love and affection" and would be able to look fondly on everything that surrounds her.
In 1966, the director Sergei Kolosov shot on "Mosfilm" film based on the story "The Darling". Role of Olenka performed Lyudmila Kasatkina, the image of Kukin embodied on screen Rolan Bykov. The shooting took place in Suzdal; locals and tourists visiting the city, took part in crowd scenes.