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NATLYA: Well, there! It’s you, and papa said, “Go; there’s a merchant come for his goods.” How do you do, Ivan Vassilevitch?
LOMOV: How do you do, honoured Natalya Stepanovna?
NATALYA: You must excuse my apron and neglige. We’re shelling peas for drying. Why haven’t you been here for such a long time? Sit down... [They seat themselves.] Won’t you have some lunch?
LOMOV: No, thank you, I’ve had some already.
Natalya Chubukov, who had arrived, was surprised to see Ivan Vassilevitch (Lomov) in her home because Chubukov had amusingly told her that a merchant was waiting to receive his goods; as a result, she was surprised to see Lomov rather than a merchant. Natalya was received by Lomov, who gently inquired about her well-being.

Natalya did ask for an excuse from Lomov because she was wearing an apron and negligee. She then told him she had been shelling peas for drying and was wearing such an outfit. She then requested him to have lunch with her, to which he replied that he had already had lunch.
Meaning of difficult words:
Apron A protective garment worn at the back of one's clothes
Negligee Refers to women's night dressing gown
Shelling Refers to the process of removing the shell from a nut
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). The Proposal - Anton Chekov (pp. 142-161). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.