AP Chekhov The
lady with the dog
Dmitry Dmitrievich Gurov married early, his wife does not like, the children are more likely to be uneasy. He does not miss the chance to make a romance on the side. On vacation in Yalta, he drew attention to a lady strolling along the embankment with a dog. She is young, from a good society, married; she is closed and does not get acquainted with anyone. Gurov manages to interest the lady, cheer her and find out that her name is Anna Sergeyevna. It seems to him that there is something “pathetic” about it.
A week after they met, they converge very close. Anna Sergeevna does not resemble any of the previous women of Gurov; she is timid, shy, she is very uncomfortable for what happened, she repeats endlessly that now Gurov himself will not respect her. Anna Sergeyevna calls herself a bad woman, who did not deceive her husband, but herself, because she never loved or respected her husband, she compares her husband to a lackey.
Her naivety at first irritates Gurov, he is bored. They go to Oreanda, they look at the sea. “Gurov thought about how, in fact, if you think about it, everything is fine in this world, everything except what we ourselves think and do when we forget about the higher goals of being, about our human dignity.”
They continue to meet, Gurov repeats Anna Sergeyevna, how charming she is, seductive, does not depart from it by a single step. She is still frightened that she lost his respect. Finally Anna Sergeyevna leaves for her city S. They are sure that they say goodbye forever. In Moscow, Gurov resumes the habitual way of life, reads newspapers, goes to clubs, restaurants, to parties. He can not forget his Yalta novel, Anna Sergeyevna often dreams of him at night, he looks in the streets in the crowd of women resembling her. He has no one to share his memories with; the wife annoys him more and more.
Finally, after telling his wife that he is going to Petersburg, Gurov goes to S. He goes for a long time under the windows of Anna Sergeyevna’s house, then decides that she can meet her in the evening
at the theater. Gurov’s assumption turns out to be correct. Seeing him at the interval, Anna Sergeyevna is so frightened and lost that she almost rushes out of the hall. In the corridor she asks him to go to Moscow, says that he still loves him and will come to him. Once every two to three months, Anna Sergeyevna, under the pretext of a visit to a doctor, travels to Moscow and meets with Gurov. Both of them live like two lives, both suffer because they have to hide from them all the best that they have – their love. They both can not part, but they can not find a solution to the problem either.