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Irina

"People should be beautiful in every way--in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts and in their innermost selves." (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov [1860-1904]), Uncle Vanya (1897), Act 1.
IRINA [lays her head on OLGA'S bosom]. A time will come when everyone will know what all this is for, why there is this misery; there will be no mysteries and, meanwhile, we have got to live . . . we have got to work, only to work! Tomorrow I'll go alone; I'll teach in the school, and I'll give all my life to those who may need me. Now it's autumn; soon winter will come and cover us with snow, and I will work, I will work.
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(Sample from the 3sis Forum) From: "Anatoly Antohin"
Date: Thu Sep 23, 1999 5:29 am
Subject: [3sis] Re: Some random theories...(Hamster wheel a-turnin')

Imagine, she doesn't remember her mother, they say that your father is not your father. The three of them know it and didn't tell you? Solyony is shy, that's why I cast Shannon, he loud because she is shy and hates himself for being shy. To tell you about his love is the biggest event in his life. Irina is virgin? Solyony is virgin. Who do you think he killed? Brother out of mercy. Himself. They are all teenagers. How the two insecure teens in love behave? They do everything wrong. Every move has an immediate counter-reaction -- they hands meet, they take them back, they crave to look at each other eyes and hide their eyes.... everything seems to them wrong. Ask Solyony about his family. Is he an orphan like you? Baron enjoys his memories of his childhood. How old is Solyony? Talk to him.

Anatoly
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Subject: [3sis] Some random theories...(Hamster wheel a-turnin')

Irina is like the little clay boy without a soul. She has a soul, but she is empty from a lack of the ability to love. Face it, she did not grow up with a loving household and love is mostly a learned ability, much like language. What she can not get away from, however, are the instinctual abilities that we have regardless. She is majorly lusting after Solyony in a way that she can't put to words, because she's been fairly well sheltered against things like this. She's been lied to for various reasons all of her life. She lies to herself about Moscow and finding true love, yadda, yadda. Like Anatoly said, Solyony tells the truth and when you aren't used to it, it's a powerful drug. What I want to know is why, if he loves her and she wants him so mind-numbingly badly, why, why, why do they not end up together or at least sleeping together. This is something I have to figure out for her. Pourqoi, il est parti, sous la pluie, sans un mot, sans me regarder. Literally, that means: Why is he gone, under the rain, without a word, without looking at me. (God bless Jaques Prevert!!!) Why the hell does she sit at the table with her head in her hands and WHY does she carry the Baron's suicide note with her for the rest of her life? Guilt is a really obvious reason for it, but there is something else. A piece of paper with your guilt written on it can be thrown away or burnt or lost, but it stays with her all the time. Even when she later marries another officer. She doesn't have children though. That's another funny thing. A woman of her station would have been expected to bear children. She is not barren, either. I wonder if it is because of her inability to love anyone. She and her future husband have a very passionate love life, physically only. When the revolution comes though, she, as the wife of the old regime, gets raped repeatedly by soldiers of the other side. After this, she begins to understand her sisters and why they hate her so much. She begins to hate herself. When you open your mind to something, it all comes rushing in at once until you're full. She has poisoned her mind against herself. Eventually, she poisons her body too and dies at the age of forty. She leaves no children behind her. I think that is because, when she was raped, something bad happened to her, physically. Yeah, that's why. She was sexually mutilated at some point. She really truly becomes an empty vessel. Oi vey. So cheery, this all is, eh? Maybe I'll go pull some teeth or hit my self really hard for fun afterwards, eh? Just kidding. Any comments?

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