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.
Anfisa - The old governess who has been with her employer's family for thirty years, this character is worried that she will be turned out on her own in her old age. In the end, when all are going their separate ways, it is only this character who seems happy about the future she is to live in a government apartment with one of her girls and she asks nothing more of life.
Ivan Romanovich Chebutykin - An old friend of the sisters, a military doctor, a failure, an alcoholic who...
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