What is the resolution of "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses"?

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The story is unresolved. The viewpoint character, Michael Loomis, can't help looking at pretty girls even though his wife has complained about his roving eye and obviously feels hurt and threatened. A story does not necessarily have to have a resolution. Anton Chekhov has had a strong influence on short story writers, partly through demonstrating that a dramatic conflict can be left unresolved if there is no conceivable resolution. A noteworthy example is Chekhov's famous story "The Lady with a Pet Dog," in which the man and woman who have become entangled in an adulterous relationship are tormented by the fact that they feel they belong together but--by law, religion, society, economic...

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