The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov
The Stationmaster, Postmaster, and Guest
These uninspiring people appear at the party to the disgust of Fiers, who has retained his high standards: "I'm not well," he says. "At our balls some time back, generals and barons and admirals used to dance, and now we send for post-office clerks and the Station-master, and even they come as a favor" (3.75).