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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chekhov

Society and Class Quotes

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Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

GAEV. It smells of patchouli here. (1.86)

Gaev is very sensitive to smells and likes to comment on working-class ones to put people in their place, particularly Lopakhin and Yasha.

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