Symbols in The Lady with the Pet Dog

Part IV 1
"for the first time in his life...."   (Part IV)

Chekhov uses the looking-glass to symbolize Gurov's self-awareness. While he literally sees himself as an older man, symbolically Gurov finally sees who he truly is and what his relationship with Anna really represents: that he has fallen in love for the first time and is able to love her completely.