Study Guide

The Cherry Orchard Characters

By Anton Chekhov

Lubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya

In Act 2, Lopakhin says of Lubov and her brother, "I've never met such frivolous people as you...

Ermolai Lopakhin

Lopakhin is the son of a former serf (essentially a slave) who worked on Lubov's estate. He was a...

Trofimov

When Trofimov speaks, it's hard not hear the voice of Chekhov. He talks about work: "everything...

Leonid Andreyevich Gaev

Lopakhin calls Gaev an old woman, but we think Gaev is more like a big baby. He loves candy,...

Anya

Everyone in the play is a little obsessed with Lubov's seventeen-year-old daughter Anya. Dunyasha...

Varya

We don't know about you, but if we had to choose to be someone in this play, it wouldn't be...

Fiers

Chekhov describes Fiers's first entrance like so: "leaning on a stick, [he] walks quickly across...

Boris Semyonov-Pischik

Pischik, Lubov's landowning neighbor, provides some context for the struggles of Lubov's family....

Semyon Epikhodov

Epikhodov offers pretty much straight comic relief from his first entrance in Act 1, when he...

Dunyasha

Oh, Dunyasha. What a classic story, huh? Maid Runs Afoul of Dashing Young Rogue. And Yasha isn't...

Yasha

In a play that meticulously strives to show both the good and bad in people, Yasha is pretty much...

Charlotta

Charlotta really doesn't fit in. She cultivates eccentricity, traveling with a little dog and...

The Homeless Man/Passerby

Various translations call him various things, but the Passerby plays the same role no matter what...

The Stationmaster, Postmaster, and Guest

These uninspiring people appear at the party to the disgust of Fiers, who has retained his high...