The Lady With the Dog


Anton Chekhov

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Gurov’s Daughter Character Analysis

Gurov’s daughter is the one child who still lives at home with Gurov and Gurov’s Wife. The only information given about her is that she is twelve years old. Neither she nor her two brothers, who are at boarding school, are described in the story. Gurov manages to have a warm relationship with his daughter, however, in one scene walking her to school and answering questions about science while being completely occupied with thoughts of Anna at the same time.

Gurov’s Daughter Quotes in The Lady With the Dog

The The Lady With the Dog quotes below are all either spoken by Gurov’s Daughter or refer to Gurov’s Daughter . 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 I Quotes

Afterwards, in his hotel room, he thought about her, that tomorrow she would probably meet him again. It had to be so. Going to bed, he recalled that still quite recently she had been a schoolgirl, had studied just as his daughter was studying now, recalled how much timorousness and angularity there was in her laughter, her conversation with a stranger—it must have been the first time in her life that she was alone in such a situation, when she was followed, looked at, and spoken to with only one secret purpose, which she could not fail to guess. He recalled her slender, weak neck, her beautiful gray eyes.

“There’s something pathetic in her all the same,” he thought and began to fall asleep.

Related Symbols: Gray
Page Number: 363
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Part IV Quotes

He had two lives: an apparent one, seen and known by all who needed it, filled with conventional truth and conventional deceit, which perfectly resembled the lives of his acquaintances and friends, and another that went on in secret. And by some strange coincidence, perhaps an accidental one, everything that he found important, interesting, necessary, in which he was sincere and did not deceive himself, which constituted the core of his life, occurred in secret from others, while everything that made up his life, his shell, in which he hid in order to conceal the truth—for instance, his work at the bank, his arguments at the club, his “inferior race,” his attending official celebrations with his wife—all this was in full view.

Page Number: 374
Explanation and Analysis:

And he judged others by himself, did not believe what he saw, and always supposed that every man led his own real and very interesting life under the cover of secrecy, as under the cover of night. Every personal existence was upheld by a secret, and it was perhaps partly for that reason that every cultivated man took such anxious care that his personal secret should be respected.

Page Number: 374
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Gurov’s Daughter Character Timeline in The Lady With the Dog

The timeline below shows where the character Gurov’s Daughter appears in The Lady With the Dog. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part III
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Gurov returns to his Moscow routine—going through life with his wife and his daughter , dining out, and entertaining in his bourgeois social circle. It already feels like winter... (full context)
Part IV
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On a winter morning, Gurov walks his daughter to school on his way to see Anna. He explains to his daughter that it’s... (full context)
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After dropping his daughter off, Gurov gets to Anna’s hotel room and is hardly in the door before the... (full context)