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Olenka was quite a darling She was quiet and always had an imaginative smile Unfortunately she had a personality defect Her problem was the fact that she didnt have a personality of her own it was always that of her lovers In the beginning of the story she was married to Kukin When she was with Kukin he complained about the rain on his garden He said Almost every evening it rains It is simply awful The public doesnt come but I have to pay the rent just the same 172 This foreshadows what is going to happen to Olenka when Kukin dies She worked hard at taking on his beliefs and opinions and mastering his way of thinking She acted as a mirror of her husband and it was her only way of life Then when he died her mirror was broken This left her not knowing what to do cause she had no personality anymore because it died After Kukins death Olenka did nothing else but cry and dwell on the fact that she had no one to love As she mourned she said my precious my darling Why did I ever know you and love you You poor heart-broken Olenka is all alone without you174 Then Pustovalov came along the timber merchant and she once again fell in love This changed her life from the theater into a new life of business Her husbands ideas were hers If he thought the room was too hot she thought the same At one point she tried so hard to act like the one she loved and it drove her third husband away Her third affair was a veterinarian who was there for her after Pustovalov died He became quickly annoyed with Olenka because all she did was copy him and agree with him She would interrupt his meetings with the other veterinarians and tried to add in her comments that she
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