The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov

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How is weather/season related to the action? If Gurov/Anna's affair heats up in Yalta's hot sun, why doesn't it cool down, in Moscow winter's snow?

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The seasons play an important role in Anton Chekhov's story. The summer setting in Yalta where Dmitry and Anna meet is especially relevant for the heat of their passion. Dmitry is hot blooded in his libido, but cool in his emotional detachment—this is far from his first affair. Anna is warmer emotionally, and taking this plunge is new for her. The affair heats up over the summer, and it seems that it will die off.

The seasonal metaphor is not mechanically applied, however,...

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