Highly cultured yet bored with the world, Eugene is emblematic of a sardonic longing of 19th century Russia at the height of the Romantic era. His fast friendship with the poet Lensky leads him to an ominous step down a path in which no one would return unscathed. Lensky, in love with the vivacious Olga, introduces Onegin to her older sister Tatyana. In short time, the shy country girl passionately professes her love for this worldly stranger. The ache of Onegin’s rejection of Tatyana courses through the foursome, leaving an unrelenting wake of damage. It has lost none of its edge when he sees her six years later. In the cruel chill of irony, her dutiful rejection of him breaks his heart, and renders hers irreparable.