| Quote #1
LOPAKHIN. The train's arrived, thank God. What's the time?
The first line of the play gives us a lot of information. We don't know who Lopakhin is, but we know that a train has brought something he desperately wants. And that he's anxious about time. The situation of the play – saving the orchard before time runs out – is hinted at very early.
| Quote #2
LOPAKHIN. Yes, time does go.
Lopakhin's not really trying to philosophize; he's just making conversation until he gets up the nerve to talk about the cherry orchard.
| Quote #3
VARYA. [To LOPAKHIN and PISCHIN] Well, sirs, it's getting on for three, quite time you went.
Varya is the house's rule-keeper. She has a pragmatic view of time that seems well-matched with Lopakhin's.