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Quote #7

CHARLOTTA. [Thoughtfully] I haven't a real passport. (2.1)

Charlotta's the only character without a strong allegiance to Paris or Russia. Her independence frees her from the painful attachments of, say, Lubov, but it doesn't seem to fulfill her.

Quote #8

DUNYASHA. [To YASHA] Still, it must be nice to live abroad.

YASHA. Yes, certainly. I cannot differ from you there. [Yawns and lights a cigar.]

EPIKHODOV. That is perfectly natural. Abroad everything is in full complexity. (2.6-8)

Epikhodov tries to sound educated and knowledgeable to compete with Yasha. Instead, he makes strange pronouncements like this.

Quote #9

YASHA. If you go to Paris again, then please take me with you. It's absolutely impossible for me to stop here. [Looking round; in an undertone] What's the good of talking about it, you see for yourself that this is an uneducated country, with an immoral population, and it's so dull. (3.92)

Yasha has none of the sentimental attachment to Russia shared by Lubov, Gaev, and Anya. He wants excitement and escape. He also wants to sever ties with his peasant past, in the shape of his mother.

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