By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Nicholas Saunders, Frank Dwyer
Chekhov referred to as the ocean Gull a comedy, and maybe it's, if you are staring at at a few nice Olympian distance from the cares, sorrows, hopes, and joys of human existence. For mortals, notwithstanding, this play stands as the incarnation of all of the goals and melancholy, the virtually insufferable excitement and the really insufferable soreness, that's the essence of formative years.
The Sea Gull is the sharpest, the main achingly bittersweet, of Chekhov's nice plays.
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You are satiated with life, and that is why you have an inclination for philosophy, but I want 43 to live, and that is why I drink my wine for dinner and smoke cigars, and all. DORN. One must take life seriously, and to take a cure at sixty-five and regret that one did not have more pleasure in youth is, forgive my saying so, trifling. MASHA. It must be lunch-time. (She walks away languidly, with a dragging step) My foot has gone to sleep. DORN. She is going to have a couple of drinks before lunch.
Sits down in his arm-chair) She looks lovely today. 40 ARKADINA. Yes, she has put on her prettiest dress, and looks sweet. That was nice of you. (She kisses NINA) But we mustn't praise her too much; we shall spoil her. Where is Trigorin? NINA. He is fishing off the wharf. ARKADINA. I wonder he isn't bored. ) NINA. What are you reading? ARKADINA. "On the Water," by Maupassant. (She reads a few lines to herself) But the rest is neither true nor interesting. (She lays down the book) I am uneasy about my son.
But don't your inspiration and the act of creation give you moments of lofty happiness? TRIGORIN. Yes. Writing is a pleasure to me, and so is reading the proofs, but no sooner does a book leave the press than it becomes odious to me; it is not what I meant it to be; I made a mistake to write it at all; I am provoked and discouraged. Then the public reads it and says: "Yes, 56 it is clever and pretty, but not nearly as good as Tolstoi," or "It is a lovely thing, but not as good as Turgenieff's 'Fathers and Sons,'" and so it will always be.