That in Aleppo Once... Characters

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Gleb Alexandrovich Gekko

An acquaintance of both the narrator and V. who has also emigrated to the United States, Gekko supplies the narrator with V.'s address.

The Narrator

"That in Aleppo Once . . ." takes the form of a letter written by an unnamed narrator to V., a fellow Russian expatriate living in New York City. A harmless, earnest, and innocent man, the narrator is reduced to despair over his wife's probable infidelity. Her seeming naiveté is what first attracted him to her. He met her several times "without experiencing any special emotions" and only kissed her on her hair (rather than, for example, her mouth or neck) when she said "something quaint." He cannot imagine her as a potential adulteress. During a railway stop in Faugeres, he kindly steps off the train to buy some food for himself and his new bride. When he discovers that the train...

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