The Cherry Orchard
How we cite our quotes:
ANYA. [Thoughtfully] Father died six years ago, and a month later my brother Grisha was drowned in the river--such a dear little boy of seven! (1.75)
From the beginning of the play, death is on the characters' minds. They remember the deaths of Lubov's husband and Grisha, and regularly comment on Fiers's closeness to death.
FIERS. [Joyfully] The mistress is home again. I've lived to see her! Don't care if I die now. ... [Weeps with joy.] (1.80)
Like Anfisa in Three Sisters, Fiers is the dedicated old servant who eventually outlives his usefulness. He becomes a burden, a problem to be dealt with, even as he seeks to serve.
LUBOV. Thank you, Fiers. Thank you, dear old man. I'm so glad you're still with us. (1.96)
Fiers is a link to times gone by. The fact that he's still alive, wearing his livery, scolding Gaev as if he were a child, allows Lubov to hang on to the past.