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(4) Base Camp

Nothing in The Cherry Orchard will really throw you for a loop. If you're not familiar with Russian names, it may take you a longer-than-comfortable number of pages to get them straight, but you'll eventually get the hang of it. And you may find your attention wandering as Gaev gives yet another inane speech. But it's not hard to follow the action or identify with the characters.

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