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by Anton Chekhov

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What is the point of view in "The Lady with the Pet Dog"?

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There are only two important characters in Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog." The story is told entirely from the point of view of the man, Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov, although the woman's part is  equal in importance. Her name is Anna Sergeyevna. The point of view is established in the marvelous opening sentences:

It was said that a new person had appeared on the sea-front: a lady with a little dog. Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov, who had by then been a fortnight at Yalta, and so was fairly at home there, had begun to take an interest in new arrivals.

The opening introduces Gurov, establishes the location, and shows how dull and borinig life must be for the vacationers, since they take such an interest in new arrivals. It is because of his boredom that Gurov makes an effort to strike up an acquaintance with Anna with the intention of seducing her. It is Dmitri's thoughts and feelings that are described throughout the story. Anna's can only be surmised from what she says and does. For example,...

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