November 18th, 2009


The Saddest Thing I Have Written This Month:

This is the concluding paragraph to my paper on Chekhov's Three Sisters. I got an A.

Ólga! Someone’s knocking. (Irína, 304)

The only other time in Three Sisters that a sound is referred to but unheard is at the end of Act Three, when Irína and Ólga are hidden behind their sleeping screens and the stage is bare. An offstage knock would have precipitated an entrance onto the stage, but this silent knock does not. Másha and Natásha may each have a husband and a lover, but Irína and Ólga are left alone in their beds. The unheard sound of someone seeking entry to the empty stage serves to emphasize the isolation of the unmarried sisters.