The Lady With the Dog

by

Anton Chekhov

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Anna’s Husband Character Analysis

Anna’s husband is some sort of official in St. Petersburg who means to come down to vacation in Yalta with Anna, but grows ill and never makes it. When Gurov sees him at the opera in St. Petersburg, he is described as “tall and stooping,” someone who seems to be continually bowing and sucking up to his superiors. He has a bald patch and comic side-whiskers, and seems proud of the very small badge he sports on his coat. This description is in keeping with the fact that Anna considers him “a flunkey,” who will get continually pushed around and never rise in his career. He both believes and doesn’t believe Anna’s lies about why she is traveling to Moscow when she goes to see Gurov.

Anna’s Husband Quotes in The Lady With the Dog

The The Lady With the Dog quotes below are all either spoken by Anna’s Husband or refer to Anna’s Husband. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Modern Library edition of The Lady With the Dog published in 2000.
Part IV Quotes

“Why did she love him so?” Women had always taken him to be other than he was, and they had loved in him, not himself, but a man their imagination had created, whom they had greedily sought all their lives; and then, when they had noticed their mistake, they had still loved him. And not one of them had been happy with him. Time passed, he met women, became intimate, parted, but not once did he love; there was anything else, but not love.

And only now, when his head was gray, had he really fallen in love as one ought— for the first time in his life.

Related Symbols: Gray
Page Number: 375
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Anna’s Husband Character Timeline in The Lady With the Dog

The timeline below shows where the character Anna’s Husband appears in The Lady With the Dog. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part II
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...that she’s come to Yalta to try and get away from her “lackey” of a husband and “to live.” She insists she is pure, honest woman. She also feels “tormented by... (full context)
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...a soul” is out at the time. Gurov learns a little bit more about Anna’s husband, including that he is descended from a German family although he is Russian Orthodox himself.... (full context)
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Word finally comes that Anna’s husband is sick, forcing Anna to return to St. Petersburg. Gurov takes her to the train... (full context)
Part III
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...He takes a hotel room and easily finds out the street where Anna and her husband live. He also learns that they live well and that her husband is known and... (full context)
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...would happen if he went up to the house itself, weighing the possibility that her husband might answer the door and that his showing up on her doorstop might ruin everything.... (full context)
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Gurov spots Anna’s husband as well. He is a slightly balding man with side-whiskers who is continually stooping, as... (full context)
Part IV
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...of months, Anna begins coming to Moscow on a medical pretext to see Gurov. Her husband both does and doesn’t believe the false reason that she gives him but makes no... (full context)