A Lady's Story - Anton Chekhov

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A Lady's Story
The theme of the story is about love, attraction and responding to obstacles in the course of love. It is true that the course of true love does not run smoothly and this strikes at the heart chords of all who reads it. The story is set between an aristocratic lady Natalya Vladimirovna and a poor man Pyotr Sergeyitch who have a deep affection for one another, during haymaking season which is in the summer months. We feel the youth, energy and freshness of the "warmth" of this season. There is a thunderstorm which is threatening and eventually bursts upon them. Was this a picture of their emotional plight and were there too many clouds, hardships to overcome in their relationship? During the storm Natalya felt liberated and enjoyed the wild wind and the impulse of facing the storm together. He knew that she could not be his wife and this tormented him to want somebody that was "out of bounds" to him. They shared an intimate, magical moment that was treasured by them both. Maybe the treasure was too deeply hidden and concealed rather than expressed. The treasure I am referring to is their love for one another. Their affection is challenged by their own emotions and their own social standing. Later on he expressed his feelings of love towards her which were received, but she did not give him any verbal encouragement or affirmation. We see that she was truly happy and affected by his proclamation of love. The problem was that she was indecisive about her own feelings of love towards Pytor. It covers a nine year period in which the characters delve into themselves discovering feelings of regret and remorse and how to respond in the present from the past. Life in the town and country in 19th century had its advantages and disadvantages that impacted on society in general. Town life was...
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