The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov

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In Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog," what about Anna made Gurov fall in love when he usually viewed women as the lower class?

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It is difficult to know exactly why Gurov falls in love with Anna, but we are given a number of reasons. First, he is dissatisfied with his own wife. In general, too, he is attracted to women and they to him, and he has had a number of affairs. Because he feels ashamed that he has betrayed his wife, he projects that shame on to women and calls them the lower race. This is an important detail because it suggests he has a tendency to project his own emotions on to women.

In this case, however, it is her innocence that attracts Gurov to Anna. He is about forty, but she is just out school, has not been married long, and seems a bit shy to him. She is also pretty, with a white neck and gray eyes. He find there is something touching or pathetic about her. He also assumes this will simply be a short Yalta fling and that then they will both go their separate ways.

Unfortunately, the love goes deeper for Gurov. He can't forget Anna, so he seeks her out in her hometown and they resume their...

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