The Lady With the Dog

by

Anton Chekhov

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Gray Quotes in The Lady With the Dog

The The Lady With the Dog quotes below all refer to the symbol of Gray. 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

His head was beginning to turn gray. And it seemed strange to him that he had aged so much in those last years, had lost so much of his good looks. The shoulders on which his hands lay were warm and trembled. He felt compassion for this life, still so warm and beautiful, but probably already near the point where it would begin to fade and wither, like his own life.

Related Symbols: Gray
Page Number: 375
Explanation and Analysis:

“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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Gray Symbol Timeline in The Lady With the Dog

The timeline below shows where the symbol Gray 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 goes to the street where Anna lives and stands by an imposing-looking gray fence just opposite it. He considers what would happen if he went up to the... (full context)
Part IV
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...to comfort her and catches a glimpse of himself in the hotel mirror. Noticing his gray hair, Gurov realizes just how much he’s aged in the time he’s known Anna. (full context)