In this story, dissatisfaction – with, marriage, family, work, and life in general – is a big motivating factor for action. Two adulterous lovers find themselves in each other's arms largely as the result of their own dissatisfied lives. Such unhappiness, however, is not so easily cured. Can sex satisfy a restless heart? Can love? What are the consequences of such decisions? "The Lady with the Dog" explores many such questions.
Anna and Gurov are worse off for having met each other.