In Ariadne, we meet Ivan Shamokhin on a steamer bound for Sebastopol. Ivan tells the story of his helpless love for Ariadne, a beautiful but cold young woman. Ariadne is selfish, her whole life is style and surface. Ivan becomes her lover, and with his money almost gone and his life destroyed he is still attached to Ariande. Other Stories in this volume include: The Kiss, A Problem, Terror, Anna on the neck, Not Wanted, Typhus, Misfortune, A Trifle from Life.