Look for a summary or analysis of this Story. When I was a student at Moscow I happened to live alongside one of those ladies whose repute is questionable. She was a Pole, and they called her Teresa. She was a tallish, powerfully-built brunette, with black, bushy eyebrows and a large coarse face as if carved out by a hatchet—the bestial gleam of her dark eyes, her thick bass voice, her cabman-like gait and her immense muscular vigour, worthy of a fishwife, inspired me with horror. I lived on the top flight and her garret was opposite to mine.
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She, Teresa, is living in a rooming house and visits her next door neighbour, a student, to write her a letter as she herself is illiterate. He writes the letter to her boyfriend for her. Sometime later she returns and wants the student to write a letter from the boyfriend to her! It is as if this lonely woman has an inner, fantasy life that she tries to make a bit more real to console herself for the lack of love in her life. And this is how this long story is often interpreted.
But to me there is a great deal more to it than that. Teresa makes her living by exchanging sex for money, whether as a whore or given expected presents by men isn't clear. The student's attitude towards her, which is society's, is that she is sleazy and beneath notice socially.
So Gorky has excluded her from the possibility of friendship with 'decent' people and from the love of a 'good' man. She really is isolated. So there she is, in her little room, her human contact defined as only business transactions of a degrading nature, and she has invented a lover to whom she writes of a fictional life..
And then she has the lover write back in terms of longing and endearment. However, there is a fourth player in this convoluted game. Teresa gives the letters, at intervals, to this unnamed person to read out to her and she says that read out loud the letters sound real even to her and that makes her feel both loving and loved.
The student then, instead of despising her feels sorry for this lonely woman and repents misjudging her. And that's where analyses of the story usually end. To me though, Teresa's loneliness is not conquered by her fantasy being brought to life with the letters, it is conquered by the approval and empathy of the person who reads the letters to her.
This reader believes that the letters are real and thereby elevates Theresa to a romantic and even charming member of society. Theresa's loneliness is mitigated not by the fantasy of the lover, but the fantasy that others like and accept her and understand that her loneliness is of distance and not of being shunned, an outcast.
It is a beautifully-written story and would make a wonderful play or even short film. I couldn't make up my mind though if Gorky was very sympathetic to Teresa or just had enjoyed working out a very original plot. View all 14 comments. Jul 19, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it really liked it. A Polish woman of questionable morality lives next door to a student who dislikes her so strongly, he actively tries to avoid seeing or meeting her.
However, when the woman makes a plea for his help, asking him to write a letter for her, he agrees to it. The student probably agrees to write the letter only to get rid of her, and is unable to hide his contempt for her as he writes it. When she compares herself to a dove, he almost can't help laughing. May the Mother of God protect thee! Thou heart of gold, why hast thou not written for such a long time to thy sorrowing little dove, Teresa?
Cannot I, a girl, have a young man? A girl? And has he been your young man long? Nevertheless, Teresa returns asking him to write another letter. Now, from a lover to her!
Suspecting Teresa is playing him for a fool, the students gets mad and scolds her. Soon, however, he realizes the depth of Teresa's despair. The student realizes how unemphatic and unjust he was in denying her something as simple a bit of comforting illusion. It is easily to view people from a high moral stand, perhaps especially when one is young, a student, but life is relentless, cold and tragic.
People always pay for their mistakes, and none of us need to be too cruel. The moment in which the student realized the error of his ways seemed very honest to me.
I must say that I quite liked this story, brief as it was. I felt like we as readers weren't really able to have a glance into the soul of Teresa, but I was still fascinated by her and by the relationship between these two characters.
On some level, the story can also be read as a symbolic one. What is real and what is unreal? Can our imagined life hold a power of its own? Her Lover is not just a warning about the fact that we shouldn't judge others too harshly, it's just a testament to human loneliness, it's also a reminder that there is always more than we see.
Life is complex. Tragic and complex. Perhaps a bit too short to induce deep sentiment, Her Lover is ,nevertheless, a very touching and humane story. Well written and paced, with a good contrast of humour and sadness, it is a successful short story.
A meaningful tale of human loneliness and isolation- and for me personally also a great introduction to Maxim Gorky. Jan 24, Magdalen rated it liked it Shelves: russian-roulette.
Was it stereotypical towards women? Maybe, maybe not. At this point I shall ignore it 'cause it doesn't really matter. So Gorky here tells a story of a female who is lonely and doesn't have any interactions with the outside world.
Did he go deeper to analyze her psychology and behaviour? Probably not but what he gave us was enough considering the length of the story as well The narrator was quick to judge the woman and later regrets it. So the moral of the story -briefly- is not to be prejudic Was it stereotypical towards women? So the moral of the story -briefly- is not to be prejudiced towards others when we are clueless of what's going on in their minds.
He makes clear that communication is the key to human relationships. Gorky's writing was very simple and easy to follow. Nevertheless it was a fine story May 13, Daren rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star , russia , fiction , ebook , fiction-short-story-ies , russian-author. A very short, quirky little story by Gorky, available free online: Here The story tells of a student in Moscow living across from a Polish woman "whose repute is questionable".
He holds her in disdain, and actively avoids her. When she approaches him and asks him to write a letter to her lover, he does so. A week or two later she approaches him to write another letter, this time from her lover to her.
Maxim Gorky’s “Her Lover.”
When I was a student at Moscow I happened to live alongside one of those ladies whose repute is questionable. She was a Pole, and they called her Teresa. She was a tallish, powerfully-built brunette, with black, bushy eyebrows and a large coarse face as if carved out by a hatchet--the bestial gleam of her dark eyes, her thick bass voice, her cabman-like gait and her immense muscular vigour, worthy of a fishwife, inspired me with horror. I lived on the top flight and her garret was opposite to mine. I never left my door open when I knew her to be at home. But this, after all, was a very rare occurrence. Sometimes I chanced to meet her on the staircase or in the yard, and she would smile upon me with a smile which seemed to me to be sly and cynical.
An Analysis of Maxim Gorky’s Short Story Her Lover
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Post a Comment. The narrator told the author about the time when he was a student in Moscow. He lived alongside a neighbor, a lady called Teresa. The narrator described her as " a tallish, powerfully-built brunette, with black, bushy eyebrows and a large coarse face as if carved out by a hatchet.