The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard Time 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. The train's arrived, thank God. What's the time?
DUNYASHA. It will soon be two. [Blows out candle] It is light already. (1.1-2)
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.
LOPAKHIN. Yes, time does go.
GAEV. Who does?
LOPAKHIN. I said that time does go. (1.83-85)
Lopakhin's not really trying to philosophize; he's just making conversation until he gets up the nerve to talk about the cherry orchard.
VARYA. [To LOPAKHIN and PISCHIN] Well, sirs, it's getting on for three, quite time you went.
LUBOV. [Laughs] You're just the same as ever, Varya. (1.93-94)
Varya is the house's rule-keeper. She has a pragmatic view of time that seems well-matched with Lopakhin's.