Sunday, December 22, 2013

199 Quiz Answer


The Cherry Orchard is the last play by Anton Chekhov. It opened in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre in a production directed by the great Stanislavski himself. 
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "X" is for "exception")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question.  I’m sure you’re familiar with Russian playwrights - Tolstoy, Turgenev, Chekhov, Gogol.  I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a famous Chekhov play which has been translated and adapted into many languages and produced around the world, becoming a classic of dramatic literature.  What’s the play?

“Mrs. Wallace, I mean no disrespect, but you’ve always lived off that trust fund your father left you.  That money is just about gone.  And you seem to be loaded down with bills and unpaid loans – a lot of debt, in other words.” 

“Well, you’re the financial expert; that’s why you’ve been brought in on this.  How do you propose to solve this problem?”

“We can sell the house.  But that would just about pay off the debt.  You would wind up with no money and nowhere to live.”

“You certainly paint an enticing picture of my future.  I hate the idea of having to move.  I was born and raised right here; I love this magnificent house, the exquisite cherry trees, the stream that runs nearby...

“Well, it’s a serious situation, no question about that.  However, before they start playing the finale and bringing down the curtain I’m pleased to report crisply that you are fortunate to have one asset that is going to solve all your problems.”

“Ah, I was hoping you’d get around to a solution.”

“It’s your property.  Because of the debts we may not be able to raise any cash from the sale of the house, but the acres of your property out back are going to provide you with all the money you’ll need to live on.”

“So there’s no real problem.  You go ahead and sell anything and everything you need to – there’s just one exception.”

“And that exception, I suppose, has to do with all those trees on the property?”

“That’s it exactly.”

“I see.  When I say no problem, I’m assuming you’ll let me clear the area and allow the building of condominiums or family homes or rental units, whatever.  That is the only way you will be able to have an adequate, solid income.”

“What do you mean, ‘clear the area’?  You’re planning to cut down the trees?”

“Ah, I was afraid that might be your reaction.  At this moment, ma’am, you possess nothing – nothing – of value except that property.  And as thickly overgrown with trees as it is, it cannot be sold.”

“You are not to cut down one tree!”

“Mrs. Wallace, what will you live on?  Don’t you understand?  I don’t like the idea of cutting down trees either, but you have literally no choice!  I can be of no help to you if you don’t face reality.”  

“Look, we can save a lot of time right here.  I’m open to any suggestions except for this one exception.  I love those trees; they must remain just as they are!”

(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings)

27 comments:

oldegg said...

This sounds like "The Cherry Orchard" by Chekhov.

kaykuala said...

Berowne, The Cherry Orchard, I think it is!

Hank

Roger Owen Green said...

I wasn't sure until I reread about the cherry trees; The Cherry Orchard. (Not to be confused with the Cheery Orchard, which I accidentally typed.)

Altonian said...

This is the wonderful play: The Cherry Orchard. An amazing thing I have noticed about this play; no matter how skilled, or un-skilled the actors are, their performances are always enhanced by the superb dialogue, and characters they are playing.

Berowne said...

A wonderful start for the new week: Altonian, Roger Owen Green, kaykuala and oldegg all came up with the correct answer.

Helen said...

The Cherry Orchard ... which I saw in the late 90s at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Jae Rose said...

The Cherry Orchard?

Heidi said...

The Cherry Orchard?

naturgesetz said...

Not at all familiar with Chekov, but the clues suggest "The Cherry Orchard."

Berowne said...

Four more have stepped up with the right answer: naturgesetz, Heidi, Jae Rose and Helen.

humbird said...

"The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov

Kathe W. said...

Hmmmm The Cherry Orchard!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

The only one I ever got and your website had problems. :^(
It's okay Berowne I'll keep trying when I can. No idea!

Berowne said...

Kathe W and humbird are the latest to check in with the correct answer.

naturgesetz said...

BTW, if Mrs. Wallace were a New Englander, she'd have known better than to dip into capital, and she wouldn't be having this problem. ;)

The Blog of Bee said...

The Cherry Orchard???

Berowne said...

Bee, of the Blog of Bee, has also provided us with the correct answer.

Leslie: said...

Must admit I took some clues from your tidbit and I'm guessing The Cherry Orchard.

Leslie
abcw team

Lyn said...

"The Cherry Orchard"..? Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to you and Chekhov...

Hildred said...

The Cherry Orchard, - my heart is with 'Mrs. Wallace', foolish though she may be.

Berowne said...

Three more "winners": Hildred, Lyn and Leslie with the correct answer.

Berowne said...

Lyn wrote: "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Chekhov."
Chekhov and I wish you the same.

uberrhund said...

The Cherry Orchard! What a lovely choice, I just now read it again for the first time in decades, thank you!

Powell River Books said...

Didn't get the quiz, but want to wish you a Merry Christmas. - Margy

Berowne said...

Uberrhund is the latest to join us with the right answer.

Gillena Cox said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS Berowne

Sheilagh Lee said...

The Cherry Orchard

 
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