chased by his guilt. Meanwhile, Tatyana visits his house where she reads through his Byronic novels and discovers that the man she loves is an empty character based on the books he has read. In order to find her a mate, Tatyana's mother brings her to Moscow. Later, Onegin returns from his travels and attends a ball at St. Petersburg, where he is shocked to meet a now-married and eminently mature Tatyana. Though she is still as pure and unaffected as before, nowhere does he find the young vulnerability she once conveyed to him in her letter. Stricken with newfound love for her and tormented by her cold reaction to him, including the lack of any response to several love letters he writes, Onegin retreats into his den for the winter and broods in depression.
Come spring, Onegin reemerges and walks unannounced into Tatyana's home, where he finds her exposed as she was before, crying over his letters. Though he beseechingly kneels before her and tearfully asks for her love, it is Tatyana's turn to give a speech. She explains that she will not oppose the fate that has led her into marriage and berates Onegin for selfishly trying to seduce her. As she leaves the room, Onegin is left alone and destitute.
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- Fall '19
- Eugene Onegin, young rakish aristocrat Eugene Onegin