Natalya was once a happy and radiant young woman. Now an older woman, she reflects about her youth. In particular, she thinks about the heavy emphasis she put on her wealth and the relationships and experiences that it cost her. One man, Pyotr, loved her, but they both let their different statuses in society prevent their love from having a chance. After years of unhappiness and regret, Pyotr comes to visit Natalya.
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian writer best known for his plays and short stories. His works utilize simple prose and limited literary techniques to get to the heart of the characters. Humor is also a common occurrence in his works, with even his more serious pieces exhibiting humorous undertones.