Moiseenko_commentary.docx - Taken from 2014-2015 paper the second passage \u2013 \u201cLady and lapdog\u201d This is one of the last scenes from Chechov\u2019s

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Taken from 2014-2015 paper, the second passage – “Lady and lapdog” This is one of the last scenes from Chechov’s story “Lady and Lapdog”. It can be considered as a link to the first intimate moment between Gurov and Anna in Yalta, which can help us to analyze it. In both cases characters educe the same pattern of behavior in their relationships: Anna feels insecure about the situation and reveals her emotions, while Gurov stays aside from it. This passage ends up the story doing the loop, so readers can see if anything changed in Anna and Gurov’s relationships through the story or not. We are situated at the almost the same scene; the only difference is the time. Comparing these two passages readers can draw the conclusion about the story itself. On the one hand, we notice that nothing changed between them, even though they experienced a lot together: Anna is still a remote person for him, which can be noted from her actions (“Отвернулась от него и прижала платок к глазам”). This movement symbolizes that she does not trust him with her emotions and prefers to stay along with her grief than to ask for his help. In contrary, we saw different picture when they just met each other, because back then she tried to explain him how she felt, even though it was annoying and irritating for him (“Гурову было уже скучно слушать, его раздражал наивный тон, это покаяние, такое неожиданное и неуместное”). On the other hand, it can be interpreted from a totally different point of view: Anna and Gurov are so close that there are no words needed for them to express feelings or emotions. For instance, when Anna has her inner monologue asking if their life is broken, it
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  • Spring '16
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