The Lady with the Pet Dog Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the external characteristics of Gurov (age, marital status, appearance, etc.).

Gurov is just under 40, married, and has three children. He was married at the age of about 18 and his oldest daughter is twelve. Gurov is handsome and has an inexplicable attractive quality which women are drawn to.

2. Discuss how Gurov feels about women in The Lady with the Pet Dog.

Gurov is a misogynist. He refers to women as "the inferior breed," and while he has had many affairs, he finds women to be beneath him. On the other hand, Gurov is lustful and finds himself in better company with women than with men.

3. Why is the lady with the pet dog a topic of conversation in the beginning of the novella?

Anna, the lady with the Pomeranian, is the topic of conversation in Yalta because no one knows her. She is unaccompanied and is seen by the vacationers traveling about alone with only her dog, but she is beautiful.

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