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The Cherry Orchard

Act 2



Basics

Show Type
Genders
  • : 1
  • : 1
Age Ranges
  • Adult
  • Young Adult
Style
Period
Time/Place
Russia, 1904
Act/Scene
Act 2

Scene Context

Anya and Peter have become close but the nature of their relationship is one of

Scene Text

ANYA. [Laughs] Thanks to the tramp who frightened Barbara, we’re alone now.

TROFIMOV. Varya’s afraid we may fall in love with each other and won’t get away from us for days on end. Her narrow mind won’t allow her to understand that we are above love. To escape all the petty and deceptive things which prevent our being happy and free, that is the aim and meaning of our lives. Forward! We go irresistibly on to that bright star which burns there, in the distance! Don’t lag behind, friends!

ANYA. [Clapping her hands] How beautifully you talk! [Pause] It is glorious here to-day!

TROFIMOV. Yes, the weather is wonderful.

ANYA. What have you done to me, Peter? I don’t love the cherry orchard as I used to. I loved it so tenderly, I thought there was no better place in the world than our orchard.