First Love (Pervaya ljubov) is a novella by Ivan Turgenev, first published in 1860. It is one of his best loved and most celebrated pieces of short fiction.
Vladimir Petrovich Voldemar
The storyteller, at the time of narration a 16-year old boy; the protagonist of the story.
Zinaida Alexandrovna Zasyekin
The object of Vladimir's affections. Capricious, mocking and difficult,she is inconsistent in her affections towards her suitors, of which Vladimir is the one to whom she shows (outwardly) the most affection.However, it is the affection of sister to brother rather than between lovers.
Pyotr Vasilyevich Voldemar
Vladimir's father, a stoic symbol of 19th century masculinity; very 'British' in outlook and apparently unreceptive to emotion.