The Lady With The Pet Dog

Word Count: 1591

In reading the short story The Lady With The Pet Dog by
Anton Chekhov and A Respectable Woman by Kate
Chopin one can see key similarities of the two works. The
short story by Anton Checkov deals with a man and a
woman who are both married but regardless of this fact they
fall in love with each other and have a secret affair. The short
story by Kate Chopin deals with a married woman who is
tempted to have an affair with one of her husbands friends,
but she resist unlike the characters in The Lady With The
Pet Dog. Both of the works deal with the fact that each of
the characters are involved in committed relationships, but
they are tempted to cheat in their relationships. The
characters in the short story The Lady With The Pet Dog fall
in love with each other and have an affair regardless of the
fact that both of the individuals are married. A lady arrives in
town with a little white dog, which would give her her name
initially since no one knew of her true identity. “She walked
along, always wearing the same beret and always with the
white dog no one knew who she was and everyone called
her simply ‘the lady with the pet dog’”(194). The man that
has an acute interest in this young woman is named Dmitrich
Gurov who is married with a daughter twelve years old, and
two sons away at school. He is dissatisfied to say the least
with his present situation and his marriage to his wife.
“…while he privately considered her of limited intelligence,
narrow-minded, dowdy, was afraid of her, and did not like
to be at home”(294). This man would often cheat on his wife
because he is unhappy and thought very little of his wife. “He
had begun being unfai! thful to her long ago—had been
unfaithful to her often and, probably for that reason, almost
always spoke ill of women, and when they were talked of in
his presence used to call them ‘the inferior race’”(194).
When this man seen a new woman in his town he decides to
introduce himself and find out about the lady with the pet
dog. As the two of them become closer and closer the
relationship becomes more serious. They often walked in the
park together which made their friendship grow stronger
each day. “…afterwards he meet her in the square several
times a day”(193). After many acquaintances and talks he
learns that this woman grew up in Petersburg and married
two years previously. “In the evening when the wind had
abated they went out on the pier to watch the steamer come
in”(195). He soon learns that her name is Anna Sergeyevna.
Also she will be staying in Yalta for about a month and she is
there to take a well needed rest away from her husband, as
he is in need of one too. He begins to make passes at her
that she didn’t notice at first such as offering to buy her a
soft drink or some ice cream. “…Gurov often went into the
restaurant and offered Anna Sergeyvna a soft drink or ice
cream”(195). As they grow closer they finally go far beyond
the limits of a friendship. “Then he looked at her intently, and
suddenly embraced her and kissed her on the lips, and the
moist fragrance of her flowers enveloped him at once he
looked round him anxiously, wondering if anyone had seen
them”(196). This sudden move was truly unexpected from
the both of them and Gurov was afraid that someone would
see them together for he is married as she is too and this is
not tolerated in marriage. He is truly crossing the line and
realizes that it is dangerous to be with Anna in public,
because someone could see them. Anna felt tremendously
guilty after this kiss from another man besides her husband.
“’It’s not right,’ she said. ‘You don’t respect me now, you
first of! all….’God forgive me,’ she said, and her eyes filled
with tears. ‘It’s terrible’”(196). Although she felt horrible she
felt just in her actions because of the way that her husband
has treated her. Events like these continue on for weeks, up
until the day it is time for Anna to go back home to her
husband. “…a letter came from him saying that he had eye-
trouble, and begging his wife to return home as soon as
possible. Anna Sergeyevna made haste to go”(198). She is
truly not ready to leave the companion that she