Uncle Vanya

by Anton Chekhov (1897)

Act 3

Astroff - Male, 35 to 50 yrs

Scene partner - Helena

Monologue - Comedic, Under 1:00 min

Astroff:

You are a wily one! I admit that Sonia is suffering, but what does this examination of yours mean? Please don't put on such a look of surprise; you know perfectly well why I come here every day. Yes, you know perfectly why and for whose sake I come! Oh, my sweet tigress! don't look at me in that way; I am an old bird!

[Helena: A tigress? I don't understand you.]

Beautiful, sleek tigress, you must have your victims! For a whole month I have done nothing but seek you eagerly. I have thrown over everything for you, and you love to see it. Now then, I am sure you knew all this without putting me through your examination. I surrender. Here you have me—now, eat me.

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