Dmitri Nikolaich Rudin
Dmitri Nikolaich Rudin (DMIH-tree nih-koh-LA-ihch REW-dihn), an impecunious former civil servant, roughly thirty-five years old, “tall, slightly round-shouldered, curly-haired, swarthy, with irregular, but expressive and intelligent features, and a liquid brilliance in his lively, dark blue eyes.” He is an enthusiastic intellectual and makes the rounds of various country estates, moving on when he ceases to entertain his hosts. He has progressive ideas and arouses sympathy in many of his hearers, but, given the social structure in the novel, he is very much a superfluous man. As the plot of the novel unfolds, he joins the group of characters at the country estate of Darya Mikhaylovna Lasunskaya and sparks their interest with his conversation. Darya Mikhaylovna’s daughter, Natalya, falls in love with Rudin and offers to run away with him, but he “submits” to the will of her mother and society, refusing to return her affections.
Darya Mikhaylovna Lasunskaya
Darya Mikhaylovna Lasunskaya (mih-KHAH-ih-lohv-nah lah-sewn-SKAH-yah), a wealthy widow, the mother of three children (including Natalya). Darya Mikhaylovna possessed good looks in her younger days but has lost most of her charms in her old age. Her wealth and impressive country estate, however, attract the local people...
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