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Uncle Vanya | Act Summaries

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Act Summary
Act 1, In Vanya's Garden It's an ordinary day at the country house where Vanya lives with his niece, Sonya; his mother, Marya Vassilevna; Sonya's... Read More
Act 1, Vanya on Serebryakov The voices of Serebryakov, Yelena, Sonya, and Telegin, are heard as they walk through the garden on their return to the ... Read More
Act 1, Vanya's Conflict with His Mother Sonya, who is Vanya's niece and the professor's daughter, and Yelena, the professor's wife, come out to the terrace. The... Read More
Act 1, Astrov Makes His Exit Yefim, a farmhand, appears and tells Astrov he's wanted at the factory. As Astrov prepares to leave, Sonya invites him t... Read More
Act 2, The Household Wakes Up Late at night, Serebryakov and Yelena Andreevna are dozing in the dining room when the sound of the night watchman tappi... Read More
Act 2, Sonya and Yelena Mend Their Relationship Yelena enters the dining room, and she and Sonya discuss their relationship. Yelena doesn't like how Sonya has been trea... Read More
Act 3, Sonya's Secret and Yelena's Offer Shortly after noon, Yelena, Sonya, and Vanya talk in the living room while waiting for a meeting Serebryakov has called ... Read More
Act 3, A Declaration of Love Astrov meets with Yelena and shows her his maps of forested areas in Russia. He has charted both the forest cover and an... Read More
Act 3, Serebryakov's Proposal and Vanya's Anger Serebryakov announces his desire to leave the estate. To do so, though, he needs a steady income. Thus he proposes selli... Read More
Act 4, Telegin and Marina Pass the Time Telegin and Marina wind a ball of yarn while waiting for Yelena and Serebryakov to leave. They have decided to move to K... Read More
Act 4, Astrov and Vanya Talk Astrov demands that Vanya return what he stole from him. Vanya denies he took anything and laments his failure to hit hi... Read More
Act 4, Saying Goodbye Yelena and Astrov say goodbye while waiting for the horses to be brought out. Astrov tries to persuade Yelena to stay, a... Read More
Act 4, After Yelena and Serebryakov's Departure After Yelena and Serebryakov leave, Marina, Astrov, Sonya, Marya, and Vanya gather in Vanya's room. Vanya expresses his ... Read More
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