A country house on a terrace. In front of it a garden. In
avenue of trees, under an old poplar, stands a table set for
with a samovar, etc. Some benches and chairs stand near the
table. On one of them is lying a guitar. A hammock is swung
the table. It is three o'clock in the afternoon of a cloudy
MARINA, a quiet, grey-haired, little old woman, is sitting at
table knitting a stocking.
ASTROFF is walking up and down near her.
MARINA. [Pouring some tea into a glass] Take a little tea,
ASTROFF. [Takes the glass from her unwillingly] Somehow, I
seem to want any.
MARINA. Then will you have a little vodka instead?
ASTROFF. No, I don't drink vodka every day, and besides, it
too hot now. [A pause] Tell me, nurse, how long have we
MARINA. [Thoughtfully] Let me see, how long is it? Lord--help
to remember. You first came here, into our parts--let me
think--when was it? Sonia's mother was still alive--it was
winters before she died; that was eleven years
ago--[thoughtfully] perhaps more.