"Luka, tell them in the stable not to give Toby any oats today" (Roberts 392).
So then, is that what it takes to get over the death of a spouse, a new lover? Hmm... I guess it makes sense if the deceased spouse was loyal and good, but not if the spouse was hurtful. I understand it being difficult to get over the death of a spouse regardless of how they treated you, but proclaiming to never fall in love again is ridiculous. Well let me clarify something. I think it is understandable for someone who lost a loving spouse to claim commitment to the deceased for the rest of his/her life and I also think it is perfectly understandable to fall in love again. However, I think it is ridiculous for someone to proclaim commitment to a deceased loved one who cheated on you! Did this play anger anyone else? First of all, I hate the deceased spouse for being so disloyal, and I hate Smirnov for being such an obnoxious hothead. Could these characters be any more annoying? Ugh I could hear the voices rising in my head as Smirnov and Mrs. Popov argued and all I wanted to do was scream SHUT UP!!!
Okay, now for what I did like about the play. I was cringing up until the part where Smirnov and Mrs. Popov challenge each other to a duel. Once Mrs. Popov goes "gun happy" and Smirnov falls in love with her, the play actually gets funny. Finally, we no longer have to hear Smirnov vent uncontrollably, but instead laugh at his weakness for having fallen love. I probably laughed the hardest when Smirnov says "Shoot! You could never understand what happiness it would be to die under the gaze of those wonderful eyes" (Roberts 391).
Despite my hating Smirnov in the beginning, I am glad he found love at the end of the play. I am also glad Mrs. Popov finally stood up for herself by challenging Smirnov to a gun fight. My only regret is that poor Toby will not get his oats now. Hopefully, Mrs. Popov won't be hateful of everything that reminds her of her deceased husband.