NATALYA: There’s some demon of contradition in you today, Ivan Vassilevitch. First you pretend that the Meadows are yours; now, that Guess is better than Squeezer. I don’t like people who don’t say what they mean, because you know perfectly well that Squeezer is a hundred times better than your silly Guess. Why do you want to say he isn’t?
LOMOV: I see, Natalya Stepanovna, that you consider me either blind or a fool. You must realise that Squeezer is overshot!
NATALYA: It’s not true.
LOMOV: He is!
NATALYA: It’s not true!
LOMOV: Why shout madam?
NATALYA: Why talk rot? It’s awful! It’s time your Guess was shot, and you compare him with Squeezer!
LOMOV: Excuse me, I cannot continue this discussion, my heart is palpitating.
Natalya thought Lomov's decision-making on that particular day was flawed. Because, in her opinion, Lomov first asserted that Oxen Meadows belonged to him and then stated that Guess was superior to Squeezer. She thought he was crazy and didn't mean what he was saying, which was a quality she detested. She doesn't understand why he believes his dog is superior to Squeezer. Lomov claimed that despite his assertions that her dog was overshot, Natalya considered him blind or ignorant because she did not accept it.
Natalya's yelling at Lomov upset him. Natalya said Lomov was talking rubbish because she couldn't stand the way he kept comparing Guess to Squeezer. She then said that Guess ought to be shot rather than compared to Squeezer. Lomov said he couldn't continue the conversation because his heart was pounding rapidly.
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.