When it comes to money, nobody's neutral in The Cherry Orchard. Characters are begging for it, borrowing it, planning to make more of it, or proudly declaring their independence from it. An aristocratic family, impractical and naïve, continues to spend as they might have a hundred years ago. They've never worked for money and can't begin now. Meanwhile, the son of a serf draws on his resources – mainly, a willingness to work hard – to build a fortune.
With his industrious collection of money, Pischik is a comic foil for Lubov.
Lopakhin ceaselessly pursues wealth to bury his father's memory.