What is the object of Chekhov's satire in A Marriage Proposal?

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In A Marriage Proposal, Chekhov satirizes the courtship rituals of the upper class by emphasizing the land exchange between two wealthy families over love in the proposal scene. Lomov begins his attempt at a proposal by speaking about their families' land ownership:

"You must know, honoured Natalya Stepanovna, that I have long, since my childhood, in fact, had the privilege of knowing your...

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