Chekhov to write a comedy. Chekhov, however, responded with a four-act drama, which he wrote in ten days. Despite the success of its first performance, the production disgusted Chekhov himself. In a letter to his brother, he wrote that he “did not recognise his first remarks as the bear by anton chekhov pdf own” and that the actors “do not know their parts and talk nonsense”.
Irritated by this failure, Chekhov made alterations to the play. Consequently, the final version is different from that first performance. Chekhov’s revised version was a success and offered a foretaste of the style and themes of his subsequent masterpieces. Chekhov paints him as the quintessentially melancholy Russian from the upper social strata. Russian Orthodox in order to marry Ivanov. Chairman of the rural district council.
Confidant and good friend to Ivanov. She is a wealthy lender to whom Ivanov owes a large sum of money. She is infatuated with Ivanov, an infatuation which ends in her nearly marrying him. A pompous young doctor on the council’s panel, and an honest man. Throughout the play, he moralizes and attacks Ivanov’s character. He later resolves to reveal what he believes are Ivanov’s intentions in marrying Sasha.