In An Enigmatic Nature, Anton Chekhov writes:
"I am a suffering soul in some page of Dostoevsky. Reveal my soul to the world, Voldemar."
"Happiness comes tapping at my window, I had only to let it in - but -"
And later concludes the story with the following passage:
"But what—what stands in your way? I implore you tell me! What is it?"
"Another old general, very well off——">>
The broken fan conceals the pretty little face. The author props on his fist his thought—heavy brow and ponders with the air of a master in psychology. The engine is whistling and hissing while the window curtains flush red with the glow of the setting sun.
My questions are:
(1) Why does she voluntarily seek out "Another old general, very well off", when she had just gained wealth on the death of the previous one, and had intended to marry the person she actually loved after his death?
(2) And how does Fyodor Dostoyevsky relate to the character(the Lady)?