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Originally, the Professor was to undergo a change of heart, see the error of his ways and forgive Yelena, whereas Fyodor who had carried her off would behave like a hotheaded duellist until he receives news of his father's death. Instead, the naive Waffles was made to abduct Yelena, and Orlovsky senior did not die of shock. In the final version, it is Fyodor who undergoes a rather sudden and unconvincing conversion to simplicity and sensitivity, while the Professor remains unyielding to the end.
Ivanov will be much better understood. The finale doesn't satisfy me 36 Journeyman E//orts exactly (except for the shooting, everything is weak) but I am comforted that its form is still not finished' (19 December 1888). Originally, Ivanov had died on stage of a heart attack and Chekhov realized that this posed a problem for an actor while it undermined the real causes of Ivanov's destruction. The play's life-blood is gossip. In the first act, we hear of slanderous rumours about Ivanov, but no one takes them too seriously.
1. Urusov, 16 April 1900). But the ideology, if too blatantly expressed, was to abide; Chekhov's later plays continued to attribute greater importance to honesty in human relations than to any doctrinaire or programmatic prescriptions for society. ct Playa 'The difference between a full-Iength play and a one-act is simply quantitative,' Chekhov once remarked (to Suvorin, 140ctober 1888). The generic term he used was vaudeville, 'a one-act drama or comedy', but his short plays are not technically vaudevilles, since they lack two standard features of that form: intrigue, in the French sense of an articulated plot whose donnees are established at the start, and songs, verses set to familiar tunes that express the characters' intimate feelings.
Anton Chekhov by Laurence Senelick (auth.)