Taking place in Yalta, Gurov is a man that describes his wife as a woman with “limited intelligence, narrow-minded, dowdy,” (Chekov 506) and has used these human imperfections as reasons to be unfaithful. And with only minute details about his children and his employment, more emphasis is given to his views on woman, “an inferior race” (Chekov 506), which are no doubt due to the sour experiences he has had in is extramarital affairs. Also, one can use this information and the fact that Yalta is a place where one would go to search out “a swift, fleeting liaison” (Chekov 506) to assess that this man is in Yalta looking for just that. As soon as Gurov gains sight of his prospective candidate and makes first contact with “the lady in the beret” (...
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...d to her different from what he really was, so he had involuntarily deceived her” (Chekov 510).
Chekov has portrayed the complexities of the human condition and the difficulties with communication, both inward and outward. The settings are cleverly represented by imagery that evokes real emotions in the reader who has gazed upon the scene searching for answers to life’s obstacles. There are relationships in life that will change the very way in which one views the surroundings and oneself, and sometimes living vicariously through another’s experience will inflict the same awareness. In conclusion, “The Lady with the Pet Dog” will give any reflective reader’s delicious taste of life in continuous motion, the ongoing cycle of learning to live and accepting being human.
Chekhov. Anton Pavlovich. "The Lady with the Dog." Trans. Ivy Litvinov. Matlaw
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