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The Lady With The Pet Dog
In reading the short story The Lady With The Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov and A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin one can see key similarities of the two works. The short story by Anton Checkov deals with a man and a woman who are both married but regardless of this fact they fall in love with each other and have a secret affair. The short story by Kate Chopin deals with a married woman who is tempted to have an affair with one of her husbands friends, but she resist unlike the characters in The Lady With The Pet Dog. Both of the works deal with the fact that each of the characters are involved in committed relationships, but they are tempted to cheat in their relationships. The characters in the short story The Lady With The Pet Dog fall in love with each other and have an affair regardless of the fact that both of the individuals are married. A lady arrives in town with a little white dog, which would give her her name initially since no one knew of her true identity. "She walked along, always wearing the same beret and always with the white dog no one knew who she was and everyone called her simply 'the lady with the pet dog'"(194). The man that has an acute interest in this young woman is named Dmitrich Gurov who is married with a daughter twelve years old, and two sons away at school. He is dissatisfied to say the least with his present situation and his marriage to his wife. "...while he privately considered her of limited intelligence, narrow-minded, dowdy, was afraid of her, and did not like to be at home"(294). This man would often cheat on his wife because he is unhappy and thought very little of his wife. "He had begun being unfaithful to her long ago-had been unfaithful to her often and, probably for that reason, almost always spoke ill of women, and when they were talked of in his presence used to call them 'the inferior race'"(194).
When this man seen a new woman in his town he decides to introduce himself and find out about the lady with the pet dog. As the two of them become closer and closer the relationship becomes more serious. They often walked in the park together which made their friendship grow stronger each day. "...afterwards he meet her in the square several times a day"(193). After many acquaintances and talks he learns that this woman grew up in Petersburg and married two years previously. "In the evening when the wind had abated they went out on the pier to watch the steamer come in"(195). He soon learns that her name is Anna Sergeyevna. Also she will be staying in Yalta for about a month and she is there to take a well needed rest away from her husband, as he is in need of one too.
He begins to make passes at her that she didn't notice at first such as offering to buy her a soft drink or some ice cream. "...Gurov often went into the restaurant and offered Anna Sergeyvna a soft drink or ice cream"(195). As they grow closer they finally go far beyond the limits of a friendship. "Then he looked at her intently, and suddenly embraced her and kissed her on the lips, and the moist fragrance of her flowers enveloped him at once he looked round him anxiously, wondering if anyone had seen them"(196). This sudden move was truly unexpected from the both of them and Gurov was afraid that someone would see them together for he is married as she is too and this is not tolerated in marriage. He is truly crossing the line and realizes that it is dangerous to be with Anna in public, because someone could see them. Anna felt tremendously guilty after this kiss from another man besides her husband. "'It's not right,'
she said. 'You don't respect me now, you first of all....'God forgive me,' she said, and her eyes filled with tears. 'It's terrible'"(196). Although she felt horrible she felt just in her actions because of the way that her husband has treated her. Events like these continue on for weeks, up until the day it is
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