Act 1, Part 1* Olga, Masha and Irina are hosting a party for Irina's Saint's Day. * Tusenbach announces their new commander Vershinin will be visiting later. * Olga jokes about Irina lying in bed thinking too much. * Masha says she is going to go, but that she will be back later. * Chebutykin comes in with a large silver samovar as a gift, which embarrasses the sisters.
Act 1, Part 2* Anifisa announces the arrival of Vershinin. * The gathering is awkward at times, with some people making bad jokes and silences. * Andrei plays his violin. * Andrei jokes now that the sisters know Vershinin, who is from Moscow, they will never leave Vershinin alone. * The sisters and brother taunt each other, hurting each other's feelings. * Tusenbach talks about how a beautiful life must be earned.
Act 1, Part 3* Kulygin comes in and gives Irina a book he wrote but Irina tells him he already gave her...
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