VOYNITSKY: [...] I used not to have a spare minute, Sonya and I worked—my goodness, how we worked, and now only Sonya works and I sleep, eat and drink… That's no good! (1.62-65)
TELEGIN: [...] Because of my unprepossessing looks my wife ran off the day after our wedding with a man she loved. Since then I haven't abandoned my duty. I still love her and am faithful to her, I help with what I can and have given up my property for the education of the children she had by the man she loved. I lost my happiness but I kept my pride. (1.161-66)
YELENA ANDREYEVNA: Yesterday evening he was depressed, complained of pains in the legs, but today he's all right.
ASTROV: And I killed myself galloping thirty versts. Well, no matter, it's not the first time. (1.179-82)