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How would you describe Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov’s character in Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal?  

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Anton Chekov's A Marriage Proposal follows the awkward intentions of Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov, a hypochondriac who wants to marry Natalia, the daughter of his neighbor, Stepan Stepanovitch Chubukov.

Ivan is wealthy, but incredibly suspicious and prone to argumentative behavior and fits of hysteria. Despite seeking out this marriage for economic purposes (mainly, to expand his land ownership), Ivan seems to be bent on bickering with his bride-to-be; they argue over the disputed land of The Oxen Meadows and the superiority of their hunting dogs. The stress of these arguments causes Ivan to experience palpitations, leg numbness, and an eventual collapse due to exhaustion. Even after he is revived, Ivan continues to stir up trouble by sparking another fight immediately after Natalia solidifies the proposal with a kiss.

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Ivan Vassilievich Lomov’s character in Anton Chekhov’s A Marriage Proposal (also titled The Proposal in some English translations)...

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