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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard


by Anton Chekhov

Lubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya Timeline and Summary

  • Lubov returns to her childhood home in Russia after five years in Paris. She was involved there with a man who bled her dry financially, then cheated on her.
  • She learns from Lopakhin that the estate will be sold in three months. She and her brother Gaev reject Lopakhin's suggestion of turning the orchard into vacation lots.
  • Lubov sees Trofimov, her son's old tutor, and is reminded of Grisha's death.
  • In the second act, Lubov still refuses to come up with a plan for the estate. She continues to spend money unwisely.
  • The third act finds Lubov waiting anxiously for the result of the auction. Gaev's been sent with far too little money.
  • She learns that Lopakhin has bought the estate. She is crushed.
  • In Act 4, Lubov is leaving home again, with the intention of returning to her lover in Paris.