Buy Reading Chekhov at Amazon. So it must have sounded when there was no Yalta, no Oreanda here; so it sounds now, and it will sound as indifferently and monotonously when we are all no more. And in this constancy, in this complete indifference to the life and death of each of us, there lies hid, perhaps, a pledge of our eternal salvation, of the unceasing movement of life upon earth, of unceasing progress towards perfection. Sitting beside a young woman who in the dawn seemed so lovely, soothed and spellbound in these magical surroundings - the sea, mountains, clouds, the open sky - Gurov thought how in reality everything is beautiful in this world when one reflects:
Plot[ edit ] Dmitri Gurov works in a Moscow bank. He is under 40, married has a daughter and two sons. Unhappy in his marriage and the monotony and meaninglessness of his life, he is frequently unfaithful and considers women to be of "a lower race".
While vacationing in Yalta, he sees a young woman walking along the seafront with her little Pomeranian, and endeavors to make her acquaintance. The lady, Anna Sergeyevna, is also unhappily married and vacationing without her spouse.
Anna and Dmitri soon commence an affair, and spend most of their time together, often walking and taking drives to the nearby village of Oreanda.
Though she is expecting her husband to come to Yalta, he eventually sends for her to come home, saying that something is wrong with his eyes. Gurov sees her off at the station.
As they part, both feel that they would never see each other again, and that their affair is over. Returning to Moscow, to his loveless marriage, and to his daily routine, working by day and clubbing by night, Gurov expects to soon forget young Anna; to his surprise, her memory haunts him.
Unexpectedly, he fell deeply in love for the first time in his life, after many affairs and just as he was approaching middle age. He feels that he must see Anna, despite the obvious complications. On the ruse of going to St.
Petersburg to take care of some business, he sets off to her town to find her. In despair, he rationalizes that Anna has probably forgotten him and found someone else, and heads back to his hotel. In the evening, he remembers having seen a sign earlier in the day announcing the opening performance of The Geisha.
Reasoning that Anna and her husband might attend, he goes to the theater. The couple enters and he watches intently. When the husband goes out for a smoke during the first interval, Gurov greets Anna, who is bewildered and runs from him.
After following her through the theater, he confronts her and she confides that she has been thinking of him constantly.
Frightened, she begs him to leave and promises to come see him in Moscow. She makes excuses to occasionally come to Moscow, telling her husband that she is going there to see a doctor, which he "believes and does not believe".
They are both now fully aware that for the first time in their lives they have actually fallen in love, and they both wonder how they might overcome the many challenges that face them and achieve their fervent wish to permanently live together.
They desperately try to come up with a plan, but the story ends without offering a resolution: And it is one of the greatest stories ever written.
Their deep love for each other fills that void and radically transforms their outlook on life. But that love also breaks their hearts, for, in 19th century Russia, they find it almost impossible to break away and start a new life together.
The story can be seen as "Gurov's spiritual journey—his transformation from a connoisseur of women to a man tenderly devoted to a single ordinary woman. When touched by love, we know the world in a different way. Love changes the inner landscape, too.
Under the pressure of love, Gurov looks inside himself and sees someone he has not known before, someone capable of feelings that he barely knew existed.
Here for instance is one poetic passage: The leaves did not stir on the trees, crickets chirped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea, rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us.
So it must have sounded when there was no Yalta, no Oreanda here; so it sounds now; and it will sound as indifferently and monotonously when we are all no more. And in this constancy, in this complete indifference to the life and death of each of us, there lies hid, perhaps, a pledge of our eternal salvation, of the unceasing movement of life upon earth, of unceasing progress towards perfection.
Sitting beside a young woman who in the dawn seemed so lovely, soothed and spellbound in these magical surroundings—the sea, mountains, clouds, the wide open sky—Gurov thought how in reality everything is beautiful in this world when one reflects: They forgave each other for what they were ashamed of in their past, they forgave everything in the present, and felt that this love of theirs had changed them both.
It is tempting to view the tender relationship of Gurov and Anna in the light of Chekhov's own newfound love.
Perhaps this thirty-nine year old writer—who had been exiled to his 'warm Siberia' for his health and who would die in less than five years in a German spa with Olga Knipper at his side—perhaps this man also sensed that he had fallen in love too late, and that the most complicated, difficult part was yet to come.The short story, “The Lady with the Pet Dog” by Anton Chekhov, describes the trials and tribulations people put themselves through to find true love.
The two main characters, Gurov and Anna, are trapped in loveless marriages, secretly searching for something more. The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov. Home / Literature / The and he was at ease with them even when he was silent" ().
Every detail of his transformation through his love for Anna is revealed through this sort of direct exposition. They are the main topics of "Lady with the Dog," so it's no surprise these ideas are used to. These details serve to exemplify Chekhov's mastery of producing an array of interpretations on "The Lady with the Dog." Chekhov gives a philosophical perspective to love by viewing how the protagonist, Gurov, decides to lead his life.1/5(4).
() Gurov goes on to conclude that with Anna it is different, that this really is love for the first time. Which means that "kind, exceptional, lofty" man she thought he was is the man he has become. Anton Chekhov was reluctant to moralize, adhering to his own conviction that it is less important to moralize over a horse thief or an adulterer than it is to understand them.
In ''The Lady with the Pet Dog,'' Chekhov neither romanticizes nor condemns the illicit love affair between Gurov and Anna.
A fter they have slept together for the first time, Dmitri Dmitrich Gurov and Anna Sergeyevria von Diderits, the hero and heroine of Anton Chekhov's story "The Lady with the Dog" (), drive out.