On the opening of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, the household has been away from Moscow for eleven years. We are going to quickly be within the eleventh month of our personal COVID exile. A coincidence? Very doubtless! However… let’s see. Learn the next quotes and resolve whether or not they come from Chekhov’s Three Sisters or from my dwelling, throughout COVID instances.
Let’s begin with some pattern questions.
A) “Mr. Protopopov will sit with Sofochka and Andrei Sergeyovich can wheel Bobik.”
CHEKHOV (Natasha, Act IV). That was arduous! However good job! I imply, Chekhov! Proper? The clues are there if you’re keen to see them.
B) “God damn it! Where are my car keys?”
COVID. In case you suspect deception, good for you! You undoubtedly know that we now have a automobile that begins with a keyless fob. However the battery within the fob has died! So, I used to be, certainly, searching for the keys. Nonetheless, I wager you noticed proper by the trickery!
Let’s transfer on to the precise gadgets!
1) “If that child were mine, I would have fried him in a skillet and eaten him.”
CHEKHOV (Solyony, Act 2). Not completely honest as a result of, actually, who hasn’t stated one thing near this within the final month? Oddly, later within the play, Solyony has his emotions damage and wonders aloud, “Why am I not welcome here?” Yeah. Why is that, Solynoy?
2) “Masha! Masha! Masha!”
COVID. My daughter’s cat is called Masha and he or she… nicely, she is kind of the scamp. You might need thought this was from Act Four of the play, the place Irina says, “Masha!” after which, “Masha!” After which, later, “Masha!” Joke: when our son was simply studying to speak, he noticed an episode of The Brady Bunch and walked round singing, “Masha! Masha! Masha!” after which, “Oh, my nose!” It was fairly cute.
3) “This unbearable life!”
BOTH. Masha says this in Act 1, however my espresso mug truly quotes Masha saying it! The mug is a part of a set, which additionally contains Dostoevsky: “You can be sincere and still be stupid.” So, there.
4) “When a little more time has passed … two or three hundred years … people will look at our present-day life with horror and contempt.”
CHEKHOV (Vershinin, Act 3). However… however… I ought to have stated this in my dwelling this week! I ought to have!
5) “Happiness is something we never have, only long for.”
COVID. The five-year-old stated this at lunch, yesterday, after her Zoom Phys Ed class. She was consuming an untoasted Strawberry Unfrosted Pop-Tart, washed down by black espresso. She takes after her mother.
6) “I tell you frankly, with your attractive appearance, you would be simply enchanting in well-bred society if it were not for those words of yours.”
COVID. A praise I obtained over a Zoom assembly! I’ve been shedding fairly a little bit of weight through the isolation, possibly an excessive amount of. I used to be feeling low. These form phrases turned me proper round. “Attractive?” I replied, “Do go on!”
How did you do?
All right: “Moscow! Moscow! To Moscow!”
One fallacious: “[An accordion plays in the street. The nurse sings.]”
Two fallacious: “Gogol says: It’s a bore to live in the world, Friends!”
Three or extra fallacious: “The eight falls on the two spades. That means you won’t go to Moscow!”