The Cherry Orchard
LOPAKHIN. Up to now in the villages there were only the gentry and the labourers, and now the people who live in villas have arrived. All towns now, even small ones, are surrounded by villas. And it's safe to say that in twenty years' time the villa resident will be all over the place. At present he sits on his balcony and drinks tea, but it may well come to pass that he'll begin to cultivate his patch of land, and then your cherry orchard will be happy, rich, splendid. (1.124)
VARYA. [To YASHA] Your mother's come from the village; she's been sitting in the servants' room since yesterday, and wants to see you. ...
YASHA. Bless the woman!
VARYA. Shameless man. (1.192-194)
GAEV. The peasants don't love me for nothing, I assure you. We've got to learn to know the peasants! (1.214)