Here are some of the highlights: I love you dearly and you must not feel hurt because of this letter. She is young and really needs to finish her education.
The point of view is relatively close to Gurov; we see the world and Anna through his perspective. There are moments, however, where Chekhov pulls back somewhat, so that we get a fuller perspective which encompasses both characters.
This clearly happens at the end of the story, when the couple realizes that they wish to be together: And it seemed that, just a little more—and the solution would be found, and then a new, beautiful life would begin; and Chekhov vs oates was clear to both of them that the end was still far, far off, and that the most complicated and difficult part was just beginning.
We begin at a concert—a point midway through the chronological story—where Anna spots her lover. We return to the concert two more times over the course of the story, learning and seeing a bit more with each return. From the start at the concert, we move back in time, to where the couple leaves Nantucket, where they have met, and then we move back in time again to when they first meet.
The exact midpoint of the story is the moment that they meet. Anna often thinks of one man while she is with the other: She lay in his arms while her husband talked to her, miles away, one body fading into another.
He will grow old, his body will change, she thought, pressing her cheek against the back of one of these men. In both stories, the dog is central to the initial meeting between the characters.
It is the drawing that the man does of Anna and the dog that becomes a repeated image.
The man draws multiple versions of Anna and the dog on the beach when they meet; later, at home, Anna returns to look at the drawing that she keeps hidden in her closet. Again, we see a version of doubleness, as Anna sees the woman in the drawing as separate from herself: She is concerned with the way in which he perceives her, the way in which he draws her, as though she believes that she only becomes real for him in this replication.
It seems, however, quite unlikely that this will come to pass.
This man was her husband truly—they were truly married, here in this room—they had been married haphazardly and accidentally for a long time.According to the writer of the best selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.
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