The Government Inspector Characters

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Anna Andreyevna

Anna Andreyevna is the governor's wife. In his notes on the characters, Gogol describes her as "still tolerably young, and a provincial coquette," who "displays now and then a vain disposition." Her concern with appearance is indicated by the stage direction that "she changes her dress four times" during the play. The governor's wife flirts shamelessly with Hlestakov. When he informs her of his engagement to Marya, she approves, imagining the benefits she will enjoy in Saint Petersburg as a result of the marriage.

Bobchinsky

Bobchinsky, along with his brother Dobchinsky, is a landowner in the town. In his notes describing the characters, Gogol states that the brothers are "remarkably like each other." They are both "short, fat, and inquisitive . . . wear short waistcoats, and speak rapidly, with an excessive amount of gesticulation." Gogol distinguishes them by noting that "Dobchinsky is the taller and steadier, Bobchinsky the more...

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