Three Sisters | Study Guide

Anton Chekhov

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Three Sisters | Act Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • 11 years before present

    The Prozorov family moves from Russia to the village.

    Act 1
  • 1 year before present

    Captain Prozorov dies.

    Act 1
  • Present time, c. 1900

    The sisters entertain army officers at Irina's name-day party.

    Act 1
  • Two years later

    Natasha cancels the sisters' party.

    Act 2
  • That same day

    Tuzenbach and Solyoni woo Irina.

    Act 2
  • A few months later

    A fire ravages the neighborhood.

    Act 3
  • That night

    Masha admits her affair; Irina agrees to marry Tuzenbach.

    Act 3
  • A year later

    The army battery moves.

    Act 4
  • That afternoon

    Soloyoni kills Tuzenbach.

    Act 4

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 The play opens in the drawing room of the Prozorov family. It is the youngest sister Irina's name-day, but the day feels... Read More
Act 2 Nearly two years later Andrey and Natasha are married with a baby named Bobik (Bobby). The scene opens with Andrey and N... Read More
Act 3 Nearly a year later, some changes have taken place: Natasha clearly runs the house and is having an affair with Protopop... Read More
Act 4 A year later the soldiers arrive at the Prozorov house to say goodbye to the family. Natasha has had another baby, a gir... Read More
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