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The Cherry Orchard | Study Guide

Anton Chekhov

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The Cherry Orchard | Act Summaries

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Act Summary
Act 1, Lyubov Andreyevna Returns Home Act 1 begins in May at the beginning of the 20th century on the estate of Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya. The estate's mas... Read More
Act 1, Lopakhin's Plan Lyubov Andreyevna, her brother, Gayev, and their friend Pishchik, another landowner, get reacquainted while Anya goes to... Read More
Act 1, Gayev Talks Too Much The friends continue to visit and Pishchik asks for money to pay his debts, but Varya answers with alarm that they have ... Read More
Act 2, Lyubov Andreyevna's and Gayev's Refusal Dunyasha, Yasha, Charlotta, and Yepikhodov gather in a meadow near the entrance to the cherry orchard. An abandoned chap... Read More
Act 2, Trofimov's Speeches Trofimov, Anya, and Varya arrive and join the conversation with Lopakhin, Gayev, and Lyubov Andreyevna. Trofimov, a poor... Read More
Act 3, Lyubov Andreyevna Holds a Dance Everyone except for Lopakhin and Gayev, who are at the auction for the cherry orchard, gathers at Lyubov Andreyevna's ho... Read More
Act 3, Lopakhin Takes Over People keep dancing as they await the outcome of the auction. Firs announces he doesn't feel well, but he insists he can... Read More
Act 4, Lyubov Andreyevna Packs Up It is October and the family gathers in the nursery once again. The room is bare, and luggage is stacked waiting to be t... Read More
Act 4, Firs Is Left Behind Lopakhin asks Varya what will happen to her. She tells him she is going to become "a sort of housekeeper" for another fa... Read More
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