The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard Society and Class Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used Julius West's translation.
LOPAKHIN. My father was a peasant, it's true, but here I am in a white waistcoat and yellow shoes ... a pearl out of an oyster. I'm rich now, with lots of money, but just think about it and examine me, and you'll find I'm still a peasant down to the marrow of my bones. (1.5)
Lopakhin knows himself well. He admires and desires upper-class life, but doesn't believe he can truly inhabit it.
LOPAKHIN. You're too sensitive, Dunyasha. You dress just like a lady, and you do your hair like one too. You oughtn't. You should know your place. (1.9)
Everyone's always telling Dunyasha to know her place. Yet Lopakhin is the quintessential striver, escaping from his lower-class roots to eventually buy the orchard.