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When a person is smarter than the people that he or she is brought into company conversation can become boring There isnt much to talk about because no one has anything in common This can lead to discontentment in ones life for everything can seem mediocre This is true for Masha from the play Three Sisters by playwright Anton Checkov Masha and her two sisters Irena and Olga were brought up by their father to be well read and intelligent They were taught to read the classics and speak several languages as well as memorize many things that later in life they find useless Masha is a very typical Checkovian character She despises the way her life is going and she does nothing about it When the play opens the three sisters are sitting in a room waiting for everyone to arrive for Irenas Saints Day party Masha is despondently singing under her breath A green oak grows by a curving shore And round that oak hangs a golden chain 254 She seems very depressed and she gets up to go home Everyone is shocked that she is leaving her sisters party even though she will return for dinner that evening Her response to them What does it matter In the old days when Father was alive we used to have thirty or forty officers at our parties What gay parties we had And today-- what have we got today A man and a half and the place is quiet as a tomb Im going home Im depressed today Im sad so dont listen to me 255 Masha would be described as a brooding person waiting for something to happen to save her from herself At dinner that night the lines that she verbalized earlier in the day begin to distress her again A green oak grows by a curving shore and round that oak hangs a golden chain a gren chain around
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