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by Anton Chekhov

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In "The Lady with the Pet Dog," what is the significance of the description in the scene where Gurov has gone to S- -?

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The section where Gurov goes to visit Anna Sergeyevna comes in the third part of this excellent short story. One of the interesting descriptions that we are given is of the hotel room in which he stays:

He arrives at S. in the morning and engaged the best suite in the hotel, which had a carpet of grey military frieze and a dusty ink-pot on the table, surmounted by a headless rider, holding his hat in his raised hand.

It appears that the headless rider could...

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