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The short story The Darling by Anton Chekhov centers on the life of a woman name Olenka Olenka is a gentle and compassionate girl who needs to be always fond of someone Her first husband Kukin is a manager for an outside theater They are good together and Olenka not only helps her husband in his business but also imitates his opinions about everything Unfortunately Kukin dies on a business trip to Moscow After receiving the telegram about his death Olenka is devastated For a time she is very heart-broken and lonely until she grows affection for Pustovalov Pustovalov is a timber merchant who helps Olenka through the loss of Kukin Once again Olenka marries and is seen adopting someone elses beliefs and opinions as she does in Pustovalovs case For the second time she finds happiness but again disaster transpires as Pustovalov is stricken with illness from which he doesnt recover After Pustovalov dies Olenka then begins an affair with Smirnin veterinary surgeon Smirnin has a wife from whom he is separated and a son Again Olenkas views transform into the views of the person she begins to care about Eventually Smirnin is relocated and Olenka is left behind For many years she is alone Olenka is left with no views no opinions of her own Years later Smirnin returns with his wife and son for a place to stay Olenka offers her place and loves Sasha Smirnins son as her own child Once again Olenka has someone to love and once again she has views and opinions to share Olenka has no intellectual life of her own she is a woman without a self A person shouldnt have to use someone elses views and opinions heshe should have hisher own identity Olenka Semyonovna is the main character Her character is static unchanging through to the end Olenkas appearance personality and behavior are not half bad However her flaw is foreshadowed in the
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