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In the beginning of the story Chekhov begins with the simple line It was said that a new person had appeared on the sea-front This passage shows that the local residents of Yalta have discovered an outsider a person they know nothing about Chekhov asks the reader to consider who is she with and why is she there The character of the sly womanizer Dmitri Gurov also asks these questions When first reading I began to form a certain opinion of Dmitri We know he is married and has children He also admits to being unfaithful to his wife on numerous occasions He appears to not like women as he referred to them as the lower race This characteristic of his personality leads to the encounter between himself the unfaithful husband and the young mysterious Anna in the gardens If she is here alone without a husband or friends it wouldnt be amiss to make her acquaintance He stated of her In the character of Dmitri Chekhov gives a man who seems to despise women he almost always spoke ill of women However I believe that this was an act that he showed When he was in the company of women he felt free and knew what to say to them and how to behave and he was at ease with them even when he was silent If Gurov regarded women as the lower race than why was he only at rest when in their company In truth I think that he liked women he needed women The reason he puts on this tough guy act is because he has never found a woman that he truly loved Every time he had met a new woman he was eager for life and everything seemed simple and amusing However Every intimacy inevitably grows into a regular problem of extreme intricacy and in the long run the situation becomes unbearable Gurov did not know how to
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