© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

Quotes

Quote #1

He had begun being unfaithful to her long ago – had been unfaithful to her often, and, probably on that account, almost always spoke ill of women, and when they were talked about in his presence, used to call them "the lower race." (1.4)

Compare this to the story's conclusion and consider how greatly Gurov has been changed by his relationship with Anna.

Quote #2

In his appearance, in his character, in his whole nature, there was something attractive and elusive which allured women and disposed them in his favour; he knew that, and some force seemed to draw him, too, to them. (1.5)

Gurov is not only transformed by his love for Anna, but educated by it as well. The ignorance that characterizes him in the earlier stages of the story will by replaced with a sense of awareness and wisdom in its conclusion.

Quote #3

Anna Sergeyevna looked through her lorgnette at the steamer and the passengers as though looking for acquaintances, and when she turned to Gurov her eyes were shining. She talked a great deal and asked disconnected questions, forgetting next moment what she had asked; then she dropped her lorgnette in the crush. (2.3)

We can tell from Anna's nervous actions that she knows what's coming. It's almost as though she's already given in to the affair, before it has taken place.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
back to top