Anna and Dmitri are two people with a strong desire to be together, but this is conflicted by reality. Their reality is that they are married to other people. The love that they share for one another represents the struggle that one may face wanting to break away from reality.
Dmitri was a man who had been unfaithful to his wife quite often. Her imperfections seemed to be his only reasoning for this. Dmitri was most likely only in Yalta to look for a new woman to have an affair with. Considering this, being with Anna didn't bother him. He was introduced in the story as a rather selfish man who seemed to just have his way with Anna. He referred to women as “an inferior race”, due to his past experience. Anna, on the other hand, was new to the idea of being unfaithful to her husband. This scared her so even though she knew that she loved Dmitri, she convinced herself that it was not real love that they shared.
Throughout the story, both Anna and Dmitri changed the way they felt about their lives. Dmitri seemed to have had a very superficial relationship with his wife, and this made him appreciate his relationship with Anna even more. Once he spots her, the scenery in the story begins to shape. It is full of beautiful colors and light. The more exciting his life became in Yalta with Anna, the more dull and uninteresting his life back home became. His thoughts portray to the reader that he believes Anna is the perfect contender for an affair. The author of the story, Chekov, did not necessarily explain to the reader how Anna changed in character, but she did admit to adoring Dmitri. She was very resistant to the idea of loving him. Throughout the story, the color gray signifies the unresolved feelings that they both have about their relationship.
They feel as if a dark cloud has been lifted...