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NATALYA: It’s not true! I’ll prove it! I’ll send my mowers out to the Meadows this very day!
 
LOMOV: What?
 
NATALYA: My mowers will be there this very day!
 
LOMOV: I’ll give it to them in the neck!
 
NATALYA: You dare!
 
LOMOV: [Clutches at his heart] Oxen Meadows are mine! You understand? Mine!
 
NATALYA: Please don’t shout! You can shout yourself hoarse in your own house but here I must ask you to restrain yourself!
 
LOMOV: If it wasn’t, madam, for this awful, excruciating palpitation, if my whole inside wasn’t upset, I’d talk to you in a different way! [Yells] Oxen Meadows are mine!
 
NATALYA: Ours!
 
LOMOV: Mine!
 
NATALYA: Ours!
 
LOMOV: Mine!
[Enter Chubukov]
Explanation:
 
Natalya felt the need to demonstrate her ownership over that area of grassland. So decided to send the grass cutters there that day when Lomov continued to be adamant and dispute about Oxen Meadows' rights. Lomov was shocked by what Natalya had told him.
 
Lomov threatened to hit Natalya's mowers after she insisted once more that the grass cutters would be at Oxen Meadows that same day. Natalya warned him not to risk doing such a thing. The Oxen Meadows are Lomov's and his alone; he said forcefully as he became quite tense.
 
Natalya asked Lomov to stop shouting in her home when he reacted out of his tenseness. He mentioned his very uncomfortable elevated pulse rate and took responsibility for his tone. He continued to claim the Oxen Meadows despite his discomfort, after which both started repeatedly claiming the ownership of Oxen Meadows as theirs. As they were fighting, Chubukov entered the scene.
 
Meaning of difficult words:
 
S.No
Words
Meaning
1.
Dare The courage to do something
2.
Restrain Limiting or controlling oneself from doing something
3.
Hoarse Rough or harsh in sound
4.
Excruciating Extremely painful
Reference:
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.