Andrey Prozorov (ahn-DRAY proh-ZOH-rof), the son of a high-ranking Russian army officer. He studies to be a professor, but after his marriage he turns to gambling to forget his boorish wife, who takes a lover. He is an ineffective man who accomplishes nothing.
Natasha (nah-TAH-shuh), Andrey’s ill-bred, rude, and selfish wife. She takes a local official, Protopopov, as her lover.
Masha (MAH-shuh), one of Andrey’s sisters and the wife of Fyodor Kuligin. She once thought her husband clever, but she has...
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