Life for Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov, for nearly forty years, has been consumed with feelings of boredom and bitterness which have caused him to be blind to the beauty of the world surrounding him. Daily experiences for Dmitri seem mundane and lackluster, therefore causing him to seek stimulation in ways that he keeps secret from his wife and the society of men in which he surrounds himself. Dmitri's nature exudes an elusive appearance that many women would find attractive, but he soon grows bored of the monotony which leads to Dmitri finding most situations unbearable. Upon meeting Anna Sergeyevna, Dmitri's entire perception of the world begins to change as he finally feels true love and is able to see the beauty in the world that surrounds him.
Dmitri Gurov, although under forty years of age, has a very pessimistic outlook on essentially every aspect of life and the world in general. Although married with children, true love is not a feeling experienced by Dmitri until he first sees Anna walking her pomeranian as he is sitting along the sea-front in Yalta. Despite Dmitri's idea that experience's are often repeated and that most of these experiences are truly bitter, Anna and her intriguing naivety brings forth feelings in which he never had. Secretly Dmitri feels that he is much more comfortable in the company of women than that of other men, however when he is surrounded by other men in a social environment he often refers to women as “the lower race” (382). This confound is especially challenged upon falling in love with Anna. Dmitri, married by an arrangement between his parents and the parents of his wife, never knew how or what true love feels like. The affairs he had would turn dull often because he would have a relationship with similar women; all would seem interesting upon first meeting but ultimately slip out of his memory. The youth and somewhat sadness which seems almost pathetic that Dmitri sees in Anna intrigue him...
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