The Lady with the Dog
How we cite our quotes:
She was walking alone, always wearing the same béret, and always with the same white dog; no one knew who she was, and every one called her simply "the lady with the dog." (1.2)
Anna is very much separate from the rest of the Yalta crowd; she is isolated in the sense that no one knows who she is or anything about her.
One did not know what to do with oneself. (2.1)
Consider the way the environment drives action in this story…
I have been tormented by curiosity; I wanted something better. 'There must be a different sort of life,' I said to myself. I wanted to live! To live, to live! . . . I was fired by curiosity . . . you don't understand it, but, I swear to God, I could not control myself; something happened to me: I could not be restrained. (2.17)
It is ironic that Gurov is driven by the very same curiosity – yet Anna doesn't recognize this commonality and feels isolated from her lover anyway.