The Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov (1901)

Act 3

Olga - Female, 35 to 50 yrs

Scene partner - Irina

Monologue - Dramatic or comedic, Under 1:00 min

Olga:

Dear, I tell you as a sister and a friend if you want my advice, marry the Baron. You respect him, you think highly of him.... It is true that he is not handsome, but he is so honourable and clean... people don't marry from love, but in order to do one's duty. I think so, at any rate, and I'd marry without being in love. Whoever he was, I should marry him, so long as he was a decent man. Even if he was old....

[Irina: I was always waiting until we should be settled in Moscow, there I should meet my true love; I used to think about him, and love him.... But it's all turned out to be nonsense, all nonsense....]

My dear, beautiful sister, I understand everything; when Baron Nicolai Lvovitch left the army and came to us in evening dress, he seemed so bad-looking to me that I even started crying.... He asked, "What are you crying for?" How could I tell him! But if God brought him to marry you, I should be happy. That would be different, quite different.

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