The article analyzes the typological proximity of Russian literary heroines from
Olga Ilyinskaya by Goncharov to Nadia Shumina by Chekhov. The Olgaʼs image
opens a gallery of “dreamers” and “visionaries”. Seekers of the highest truth, they
will exist in literature as long as Russian classical literature itself exists. Nadya
Shumina, the last in the “idealist” gallery, will not be much different from their
predecessors, who appeared forty years earlier.