A sudden feeling of love takes young single landowner Alekhine and the wife forty-year-old Logunovich, his friend a district court. Family Union of Luhansk “peaceful and prosperous”. The spouses treat Alyokhin in the best way: they look forward to his visits, make gifts, sympathize with all the hardships associated with the restoration of his ruined estate, offer him money whenever he needs them. Even their children hang on it.
Alyokhin and Anna Alexeyevna, Lukanovic mutual feeling hide not only from everyone, but from each other, mostly for reasons of moral order: “it seemed to Me incredible that my quiet, sad love suddenly rudely cut off a happy life with her husband, children, all this house where I loved and where I believed that.” And Anna thinks this way, but she also understands and inability for themselves or to lie or to tell the truth. However, Alekhine come to mind considerations of another nature: “Where would I take her? – he thinks. On the other hand, if I were a famous scientist, an artist, a painter, and that in fact… And no matter how long we went on with our happiness? What would happen to her in the event of my illness, or death if we stopped loving each other?”Gradually builds up between the lovers mutual dissatisfaction in the relationship is the hint of irritability. It all ends with the departure of Tuganovichy from the city in connection with the promotion of the head of the family and transfer it to one of the Western provinces.
Farewell Alekhine with the woman he loved was painful, he confessed to her his love only in the train, before her departure, they were both very unhappy. What a sacrificial beautiful love, isn’t it?? It is written: “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Matt. 19, 6). Only the final arguments Alekhine, from the person and the story is told, force us to think about. He regrets the loss of happiness: “I realized that when you love, in their arguments about this love you need to come from the higher… from more important than sin and virtue in their walking sense… or do not need to talk at all.”
That’s the news! It turns out the “higher” views of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, is that does not distinguish between sin and virtue… what is it, then, if aliokhin himself admits the possibility not to love? Really enjoy the satisfied feeling and just? Is it simply selfishness? Conveniently located close to the written approximately a year after the “Lady with the dog”, so indignant Leo Tolstoy and several critics for his affront to the sanctity of the family Union. Here adultery was elevated to the rank of true love and is shrouded in poetic ring. For Chekhov it does not matter what the Lord said: “do not commit adultery” — he objects: “Nothing, sometimes it even ennobles…”. And unfortunately, most of us listen to and obey Chekhov. Moreover, even already and not sometimes.