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Quotes

Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

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.

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