"The Lady with the Dog" A forbidden love

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"The Lady with the Dog", written by Anton Chekhov is the story of Dmitriy Dmitrich Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna. The story begins when Gurov is taking some time off at the province of Yalta, Russia. Which is located south of Russia by the black sea. Yalta is Russia's most fashionable resort. Gurov is a prominent man close to his forties with a family waiting for him back in Moscow. Disputing his marital status, Guruv is a person who dislikes being at home and has been unfaithful to his wife for a long time already. He considers women as a lower race, and thus he feels able to play with them as he likes, but also he recognizes that without them he will not exist a single day. Anna is a young upper class woman on her twenties who spends some time in Yalta waiting for her husband to come and meet her in that city.

She is all by her self and people don't knowing her name refer to her as "the lady with the pet dog". Guruv shows some interest in her and makes the first movement, knowing that she could be a married woman; he decides to have one more affair. He is far away of the idea that this would be just one more woman on his life. In a short period of time they both fell in love with each other. They already know that this is an impossible love. "...the hardest, the most complicated part was only just beginning."("The Lady with the Dog" 235). With this last line from the story, Chekhov tells us an affirmation note in which we can imagine that even though Anna and Gurov love each other, the fact that they are both married will make things...