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First Love

First Love

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Published by cnitin
short story by Ivan Turgenev
short story by Ivan Turgenev

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Published by: cnitin on Oct 08, 2008
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First Love 
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.
 
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First Love 
Vladimir is recounting the story to friends around the dinner table,many years after his encounter with Zinaida.Vladimir Petrovich Voldemar, a 16-year-old, is staying in the country with his family and meets Zinaida Alexandrovna Zasyekina, a beautiful 21-year-old woman, staying with her mother, PrincesZasyekina, in a wing of the manor. This family, as with many of the Russian minor nobility with royal ties of that time, were only afforded a degree of respectability because of their titles; the Zasyekins, in the case of this story, are a very poor family. The young Vladimir falls irretrievably in love with Zinaida, who has a set of several other (socially more eligible) suitors whom he joins in their difficult and often  fruitless search for the young lady's favour. Zinaida, as we find throughout the story, is a thoroughly capricious and somewhat playful mistress to a set of rather love-struck suitors. She fails to reciprocate Vladimir's love in a sensible and honest manner, often misleading him,mocking his comparative youth in contrast to her early adulthood. But eventually the true object of her affections and a rather tragic conclusion to the story are revealed.

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