Natalya is an excellent house keeper
,well educated and not bad looking.
What more do I want? I am already
35 – a critical age.
Its impossible for me not to marry.
I ought to lead a regular and quiet
I’m excitable and always getting awfully upset ; at
this very moment my lips are trembling. Anyhow I
have to propose her today.
Natalya : Oh Lomov! How do you do? Papa said
some merchant came for his good. Anyway, why
are you in evening dress! Are you going to ball or
what? Looking handsome.
Lomov : Actually , I came to ask you............of
course you’ll be surprised and perhaps even
• Lomov : You know me and I know your family since my
childhood. My Oxen Meadows touch your birchwood...............
• Natalya : Excuse me you say, “My Oxen Meadows, but they are
• Lomov: You are mistaken, Natalya Stepanovna. They are mine.
• Natalya : Ours!
Chubukov enters and takes side of Natalya.
• Lomov : You think I am fool. You call my land yours. You are
not a neighbour, you’re a grabber. I’ll take you to court.
• Chubukov : You pettifogger! Your grandfather was a
drunkard. Your aunt ran with an architect. Your father was a
• Natalya: Its dishonest! Its mean! The monster
(Lomov exits after this insult)
Chubukov: Turnip ghost has the confounded cheek to
make a proposal.
• Natalya : What? He came to propose me. (shouts)
Call him back. Why didn’t you tell me before? I’m
dying. Fetch him.
(Angry father curses himself to be father of a young
daughter and calls Lomov again.)
• Chubukov: Now you talk
to him yourself.
Forgive us, Ivan
I remember now
Oxen Meadows are
yours. Lets talk of
something else. Are
you going to start
Yes with my best
dog, Guess for
whom I gave 125
roubles and now
he has gone
lame. Guess is
better than your
NATALYA: Our Squeezer is thoroughbred animal.
Yours is low bred. Such dogs are found under every
Lomov: Your squizzer is a bad hunter. He is overshot.
Why shout, Madam? My heart is palpitating.
PAPA TELL US TRULY WHICH IS THE
BETTER DOG OUR SQUIZZER OR HIS
Don’t excite yourself, my precious one.
Lomov , No doubt your dog is purebred,
firm on his feet, has well –sprung but
he is old and short in muzzle.
Your dog runs after a sheep when
other are running after a fox.
My dear its not true. Let’s stop arguing. You
pup , fool, partridge. You are under slipper
of your house-keeper.
• You intriguer, old rat, jesuit. Shut up! Oh
my heart ! Your late wife used to beat
you. My heart burst! Where is my
shoulder? I die. (falls into an armchair.)
• What sort of hunter are you? Papa,
look! He is dead! (wails)
Lomov comes in conscience. Chubukov tells him to kiss Natalya
and marry her.
Lomov : Very nice, too. Now I
understand. I am happy.
Natalya : I’m happy too.
Chubukov : What a weight of my
Natalya: still you will admit
Guess is worse than Squeezer.
Lomov : Better
Natalya : Worse
Chubukov : Well, that’s a way to start
your family bliss! Have some