The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov
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Anton Chekhov

The Cherry Orchard

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Classic of world drama concerns the passing of the old semifeudal order in turn-of-the-century Russia, symbolized in the sale of the cherry orchard owned by Madame Ranevskaya. The work also showcases Chekhov's rich sensitivities as an observer of human nature. This inexpensive, high-quality edition, reprinted from a standard edition of the play, will provide theater students and any lover of great drama with a reliable text of this masterpiece.
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2012
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Ng Tsz
Ng Tsz has quoted3 months ago
Madame Ranévsky has been five years abroad.
Artem Ablenko
Artem Ablenko has quoted8 months ago
DUNYASHA [to YASHA]. What happiness it must be to live abroad!
YASHA. Of course it is; I quite agree with you. [He yawns and lights a cigar. ]
EPHIKHODOF. It stands to reason. Everything abroad has attained a certain culmination.
YASHA. That’s right.
EPHIKHODOF. I am a man of cultivation; I have studied various remarkable books, but I cannot fathom the direction of my preferences; do I want to live or do I want to shoot myself, so to speak? But in order to be ready for all contingencies, I always carry a revolver in my pocket. Here it is. [Showing revolver.]
CHARLOTTE. That’s done. I’m off. [Singing the rifle over her shoulder.] You’re a clever fellow, Ephikhódof, and very alarming. Women must fall madly in love with you. Brrr! [Going.] These clever people are all so stupid; I have no one to talk to. I am always alone, always alone; I have no friends or relations, and who I am, or why I exist, is a mystery.

[Exit slowly.]
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