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In reading the short story The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhor one can make many assumptions about the main characters The short story is about an affair that leads to something more than the two main characters expect it to be Throughout the story Chekhor shows the portrayal and transformation of the main characters through different events in their lives The end leaves the reader with little idea of whats going to happen to the main characters We first meet Gurov in Yalta where he is taking a holiday alone Gurov is an attractive man form the upper class He is dissatisfied to say the least with his present situation and his marriage to his wife Chekhov shows this by stating and though he secretly considered her shallow narrow-minded and dowdy he stood in awe of her and disliked being at home 1524 Not yet forty he has already become an experienced seducer His affairs always end badly but he cannot resist starting new ones His doomed adulteries have left him cynical and bitter Chekhov presents Gurov in a mostly unfavorable light manipulation hatred of women and no moral sense and yet the author refuses to reduce his protagonist into a villain Chekhov states There was an exclusive charm in his appearance and disposition which attracted women 1524 Gurov possesses different impulses For example his low opinion of women accompanies a bewildering preference for their company In the opening nothing is suggesting the inner transformation that Gurov will undergo Readers do not really know Anna Sergeyevna the lady with the dog until her seduction Before that decisive moment she is seen mostly for the outside She is a young bored upper-class married woman in Yalta for the first time It is not till afterwards that she bursts out with a passionate fit of regret Anna exclaims It isnt right Youll never respect me anymore 1527 Only then does the reader actually
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