This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Vera Alexandrovna - This character agrees to marry an aging, unimpressive man in order to leave the estate.
Alexei Nikolayich Beliayev - This character is a tutor who is staying with the Islayev family for the summer.
Lizaveta Bogdanovna - This character teaches piano and enjoys taking snuff.
Afanasy Ivanovich Bolshintsov - This character solicits the help of the doctor in wooing a lady; in return, he agrees to give the doctor some excellent horses.
Anna Semyenovna Islayev - This character is the mother of the landowner.
Arkady Sergeyich Islayev - This character...
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