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People were telling one another that a newcomer had been seen on the promenade--a lady with a dog Dmitri Dmitrich Gurov had been a fortnight in Yalta and was accustomed to its ways and he too had begun to take an interest in fresh arrivals From his seat in Vernets outdoor caf he caught sight of a young woman in a toque passing along the promenade she was fair and not very tall after her trotted a white Pomeranian Later he encountered her in the municipal park and in the square several times a day She was always alone wearing the same toque and the Pomeranian always trotted at her side Nobody knew who she was and people referred to her simply as the lady with the dog If shes here without her husband and without any friends thought Gurov it wouldnt be a bad idea to make her acquaintance He was not yet forty but had a twelve-year-old daughter and two sons in high school He had been talked into marrying in his third year at college and his wife now looked nearly twice as old as he did She was a tall woman with dark eyebrows erect dignified imposing and as she said of herself a thinker She was a great reader omitted the hard sign at the end of words in her letters and called her husband Dimitry instead of Dmitry and though he secretly considered her shallow narrow-minded and dowdy he stood in awe of her and disliked being at home He had first begun deceiving her long ago and he was now constantly unfaithful to her and this was no doubt why he spoke slightingly of women to whom he referred as the lower race He considered that the ample lessons he had received from bitter experience entitled him to call them whatever he liked but without this lower race he could
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