The proposal by Anton Chekov
The proposal by Anton Chekov revolves around Lomov and his well-off neighbor. Lomov goes to seek the hand of his daughter but they start quarreling with one another. Ultimately, the proposal is made but the fight continues among all over trifles.
This one-act play is set in a rural countryside of Russia at Chubukov’s house. Lomov, the protagonist, goes there to meet his neighbor with a purpose. He is made to sit down and enquired about the purpose of his visiting Chubokov’s house. Initially, Chubokov thinks that he has come to borrow money from him but when disclosed the real reason; he comes to know that the prime purpose of Lomov is to seek his daughter’s (Natalya) hand. Chubokov get ecstatic hearing all that. He starts hugging and kissing Lomov and tells him that he always hoped that he would come to ask for his daughter’s hand.
Having got the consent from her father, he starts jumping like a mad man. He starts showering praises on Natalya calling her educated, modest and a good housekeeper. All of a sudden, Natalya comes and enquires about the reason of Lomov’s coming and his wearing an evening dress. Lomov tells him everything from scratch. He also mentions that he knows Natalya’s family for a long time. Besides, he tells her that his Oxen Meadows touch Natalys’s Birchwood. Having heard this, Natalya claims that Oxen Meadows are theirs not his.
Now the argument commences, Natalya keeps on claiming that the Oxen Meadow are theirs. On the contrary, Lomov continues justifying that the land belongs to him and had been given by his aunt’s grandmother to her father’s grandfather and the farmers used that land almost for forty years. On the other hand, Natalya says that they had that land for nearly 300 years. After a short while, they start shouting at each other and the argument continues between them.
Suddenly, Chubokov enters and he, too, claims that Oxen Meadows are owned by them. He starts supporting his daughter but Lomov continues denying their claims. Chubokov advises Lomov to behave himself for he is twice of his age. On the other hand, Lomov calls Chubokov a land grabber. He accuses him of encroaching his land and taking him to court. In addition to this, they start defaming each other’s relatives and start abusing each other. Having heard all that, Lomov leaves.
After he had left, Chubokov tells the reason of Lomov’s visit to Natalya. Hearing all that, she starts crying and asks her father to bring him back to home. Lomov enters again but they, once again, start arguing over the breed of dogs. Chubokov once again enters and supports his daughter.
At the end of the drama, Chubokov calls himself helpless and starts accusing himself of all that. He requests Lomov to get his daughter married as soon as possible to end this chaos. He also tells him that Natalya is ready to marry him as well. At the end of the play, he offers champagne on that occasion.
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