(i) Find all the words and expressions in the play that the characters use to speak about each other, and the accusations and insults they hurl at each other. (For example, Lomov in the end calls Chubukov an intriguer; but earlier, Chubukov has himself called Lomov a “malicious, doublefaced intriguer.” Again, Lomov begins by describing Natalya as “an excellent housekeeper, not bad-looking, well-educated.”)
(ii) Then think of five adjectives or adjectival expressions of your own to describe each character in the play.
(iii) Can you now imagine what these characters will quarrel about next?
(i) Some of the expressions used by the characters to describe each other are as follows:
Chubukov: intriguer; old rat; grabber;
Natalya: a lovesick cat; an excellent housekeeper;
Lomov: pettifogger; a malicious, double-faced intriguer; a good neighbour; turnip- ghost; a villain; the stuffed sausage; the wizen-faced frump; pup; milksop;
(ii) For self-attempt.
(iii) For self-attempt.