The Darling Characters

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Elderly lady

The elderly lady is a matchmaker between Olga and her second husband. The elderly lady, only a slight acquaintance, comes to visit Olga and to drink coffee with her one afternoon. After a brief visit from Pustovalov, Olga realizes she loves him and sends for the elderly lady to make a match between them.

Mavra

Mavra is Olga's cook. She is only mentioned once, when all three of the men in Olga's life have died or left her, and Olga has no one's opinions to adopt except those of the cook: "Whatever Mavra, the cook, said she accepted."

Plemyanniakov

Plemyanniakov is Olga's father. Before her first marriage, he was the man her life revolved around. He does not appear in the story, but it is mentioned that he left her the lodge in his will.

Olga Semyonovna

Olga is the "darling" referred to in the story's title...

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