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The Cherry Orchard opens in the nursery of Lyuba Andreyevna Ranevsky's estate. Although it is only about 2:00 A.M., it is close to daybreak, for it is May, when northern Russian days are long and the sun rises very early. Lopakhin, a businessman, and Dunyasha, a maid, anticipate the arrival of Mrs. Ranevsky, who is returning home from a self-imposed, five-year exile with her daughter, Anya, and her governess, Charlotta Ivanovna. Lopakhin speaks of his peasant background and his admiration for Mrs. Ranevsky; then the pair is briefly joined by the bumbling clerk, Yepikhodov, nicknamed "Twenty-two Calamities."
After arriving, the travelers enter, preceded by Firs, a manservant. They are soon joined by Varya, Lyuba's adopted daughter, Leonid Gayev, Lyuba's brother, Simeonov-Pishchik, a neighboring landowner, and Lopakhin and Dunyasha.
The reunion is very tearful. Mrs. Ranevsky sweeps about the room, overcome with joy. The family members all display great... View more of the The Cherry Orchard Summary
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