We learn that the cherry trees are in bloom even though it is frosty outside.
The spelling of character names depends on the transliteration used.
Konstantin Stanislavski as Leonid Gayev, c. Ranyevskaya is the linchpin around which the other characters revolve. A commanding and popular figure, she represents the pride of the old aristocracy, now fallen on hard times. Her confused feelings of love for her old home and sorrow at the scene of her son's death, give her an emotional depth that keeps her from devolving into a mere aristocratic grotesque.
Most of her humor comes from her inability to understand financial or business matters. Peter Trofimov — a student and Anya's love interest.
Trofimov is depicted as an "eternal" in some translations, "wandering" student. An impassioned left-wing political commentator, he represents the rising tide of reformist political opinion in Russia, which struggled to find its place within the authoritarian Czarist autocracy.
Boris Borisovich Simeonov-Pishchik — a landowner and another old aristocrat whose estate has hit hard times. He is constantly discussing new business ventures that may save him and badgering Ranyevskaya for a loan.
His character embodies the irony of the aristocracy's position: Anya — Lyubov's daughter, aged She journeys to Paris to rescue her mother from her desperate situation. She is a virtuous and strong young woman. She is in love with Trofimov and listens to his revolutionary ideas, although she may or may not be taking them in.
Varya — Lyubov's adopted daughter, aged Varya is the one who manages the estate and keeps everything in order.
She is the rock that holds the family together. The reason why Ranevskaya adopted her is never made clear, although she is mentioned to have come from "simple people" most likely serfs. Varya fantasizes about becoming a nun, though she lacks the financial means to do so.
She adores her mother and sister, and frets about money constantly.
Her relationship to Lopakhin is a mysterious one; everyone in the play assumes that they are about to be married but neither of them act on it. Leonid Andreieveitch Gayev — the brother of Madame Ranevskaya. One of the more obviously comic characters, Gayev is a talkative eccentric. His addiction to billiards often manifesting itself at times of discomfort is symbolic of the aristocracy's decadent life of leisure, which renders them impotent in the face of change.
Gayev tries hard to save his family and estate, but ultimately, as an aristocrat, either lacks the drive, or doesn't understand the real world mechanisms necessary to realize his goals. Yermolai Alexeievitch Lopakhin — a merchant.
Lopakhin is by far the wealthiest character in the play, but comes from the lowest social class.
This contrast defines his character: He is often portrayed on stage as an unpleasant character because of his greedy tendencies and ultimate betrayal of the Gayev family, but there is nothing in the play to suggest this: Lopakhin represents the new middle class in Russia, one of many threats to the old aristocratic way of doing things.
Charlotta Ivanovna — a governess.Historical Context in The Cherry Orchard The End of Serfdom: Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom in Having been an economic institution for centuries, the newly freed serfs took some time to carve out a place for themselves in Russian society.
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