the fictional world in which the events of the play take place
likely refers to the solvent diethyl ether, used in medicine as an anaesthetic
an antiseptic, commonly used in medicine in this period
(or copeck) Russian currency: one hundredth of a ruble
A novel by Alexander Dumas, considered one of the greatest love stories of all time.
another word for "lottery" - a game which involves drawing lots to win
a popular French writer from the 19th-century, who is traditionally thought to be one of the fathers of the modern short story - a form Chekhov too also came to excel in
a theater in which the audience views the action through a large archway. Most theaters built from Victorian times to the present day tend to be in this configuration.
Russian romantic author considered to be the father of modern Russian literature.
the Russian currency: 1 ruble is divided into 100 copecks
a smokeless form of tobacco, usually kept in a snuffbox, and inhaled through the nose - pinches of it actually sniffed up through the nostril
used for keeping snuff in
a group of writers who valued artifice and symbolism above naturalism (at the time, the prevalent tradition)
A 19th century Russian novelist, considered one of the greatest novelists of all time.
a major Russian novelist and playwright. His novel "Fathers and Sons" is one of the most highly-regarded novels in Russian literature.
a 19th century French novelist, one of the key contributors to the establishment of naturalism