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Why is it that most of the novel's characters do not have names? What does it say about those characters? What does it say about the story?

Since most of the characters are not given names, what is the significance of those who are named?

Suppose that Luzhin were allowed to finish his game with Turati; how might that have changed the story?

Did Luzhin and his wife love one another? Why or why not?

Why is Luzhin so indifferent about his father's death, unwilling even to visit his father's grave?

Why does Luzhin return to the resort that he and his father visited many years before?

When Luzhin first wakes from his fever, he recalls burying something at the foot of a tree. What is this significance of this image in the context of this part of the story?

Compare and contrast Luzhin's...

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