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Facts in The Cherry Orchard

Facts Examples in The Cherry Orchard:

Act I

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"Yaroslav..."   (Act I)

The city of Yaroslavl (Ярославль) is located to the northeast of Moscow, approximately 160 miles away, and is known as one of the Golden Ring cities—a group of historically important cities in Russia’s history. Today the historic parts of the city are recognized as a World Heritage Site.

"lorgnette..."   (Act I)

The noun “lorgnette” refers to a pair of glasses held in from of one’s eyes using a handle. The glasses were typically used at the opera, an upper class source of entertainment. Charlotta’s appearance gives the impression that she is wealthy enough to afford to go to the opera as a governess, signifying the emergence of the Russian middle class, who could afford to indulge in some upper class delights.

"patchouli..."   (Act I)

Patchouli is a scented oil that smells strongly of mint. It is used in perfumes.

"Holy Week..."   (Act I)

Holy Week is the week before Easter, ending on the Saturday before Easter Sunday.

"kvass..."   (Act I)

Kvass is a traditional Russian fermented beverage made from rye bread that has a very low level of alcohol volume.

"Buckle..."   (Act II)

Epikhodov is referring to Henry Thomas Buckle (1821–1862) who was an English historian and the author of an unfinished work titled the History of Civilization, in which he sought to state the general laws that govern humanity’s progress, supported by examples from particular nations.

"Humming a Caucasian dance] ..."   (Act III)

Caucasian here refers to the mountainous Caucasus region, situated at the border between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. In Russia, a caucasian dance, or lezginka, is a traditional folk dance. Performers wear traditional costumes, which usually includes a sword for the men, and long, flowing dresses for the women.

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