Chekhov's Gun

Anton Chekhov said that if you bring a gun on stage, you have to use it. Actually, the quotes are a little all over the place. He may have said, "One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn't going to go off. It's wrong to make promises you don't mean to keep." Or it might have been, "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." Either way, you get the idea. Don't waste the gun. Use it.

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