Unformatted text preview: Masha is not referred to in the text as beautiful, but it is implied that she is by the diction used by Chekhov. He calls her graceful, delicate, and implies that she looks young. Nikitin looks at her with longing. And he “l ooked at her with joy, with tenderness, with rapture; listened to her, taking in little of what she said” (Chekhov). He has a crush on her and he is shy. Nikitin is the “teacher of literature.” Nikitin argues with Varya, over drinks, that the great Russian poet Pushkin is a psychologist. Varya disagrees sharply. Soon after, Varya shouts: “ ‘That’s Loutishness!’ ”(Chekhov). And Nikitin drops the subject entirely. Finally, Nikitin kisses Masha even when he still cannot say that he loves her....
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- Spring '08
- Russian, Ivan Turgenev, Dr. Baeva Anton Chekhov, Baeva Anton Chekhov, Masha Shelestov