Although Chekhovs story is filled with complex issues of moral struggle and turmoil, it is a story we can all relate to.
Everyone faces difficult decisions in life, and Chekhov brings the inner mayhem to light.
Chekhov attracts attention to mature feelings, to complicated human dilemmas, any part of which, were we to encounter them in our complex, headlong life with others, might evade even sophisticated notice (Ford 869).
We become more sensitive to human interaction, and begin to empathize with others, beyond the mere situation, and their deep inner struggles.
However, once the couple meets, the weather begins to change. Chekhov illustrates how the characters are developing through the change in the weather.
In the beginning, when the relationship is mostly superficial, the sun is shining, and its a nice time for a stroll.
Of Anna, Chekhov writes, a young woman, not very tall, blond, in a beret, walking along the embankment; behind her ran a white spitz (Chekhov 144).
Of Dmitri he comments, Gurov, who had already spent two weeks in Yaltabegan to take an interest in new faces (Chekhov 144).
Chekhov immediately offers a feel for how each character will shape up to be, and presents a chance for us (the reader) to attach ourselves to these perhaps not-so-unique individuals.
Without further ado, Chekhov expounds on his initial description of Dmitri through the next five paragraphs.