A Marriage Proposal (Hoffman, trans.)

by  Anton Chekhov, Theodore Hoffman

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov has come to propose marriage to his neighbor's 25-year-old daughter, Natalia. It does not go exactly as planned...

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A Marriage Proposal (Hoffman, trans.)

by  Anton Chekhov Theodore Hoffman

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Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov has come to propose marriage to his neighbor's 25-year-old daughter, Natalia. But when she is invited into the room after permission is granted, and Ivan gets into an argument with his intended about a disputed piece of land between their respective properties. A hypochondriac,  Ivan feels this discord giving him "palpitations" and numbness in his leg. Natalia's father joins the argument, rescinds Natalia's hand, and sends Lomov from his home. But at this Natalia breaks into hysterics, begging for her father to bring Ivan back. He does, but when Natalia and Ivan only continue to argue, this time about the superiority of their respective hunting dogs, Ivan collapses from his exhaustion, and father and daughter fear he's dead. Ivan regains consciousness but his hopes for marital bliss may not be able to be revived.

Published in The Brute and Other Farces.

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  • Setting: Chubukov's mansion - the living room.


2m, 1f
STEPAN STEPANOVITCH CHUBUKOV - a landowner, elderly, pompous but affable
IVAN VASSILEVITCH LOMOV - healthy but a hypochonrdiac, nervous suspicious, also a landowner
NATALIA STEPANOVNA - Chubukov's daughter, 25 but still unmarried
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Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (29 January 1860– 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor thro ...

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