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CHUBUKOV: Who’s dead? [Looks at Lomov] So he is! My word! Water! A doctor! [Lifts a tumbler to Lomov’s mouth] Drink this! No, he doesn’t drink. It means he’s dead, and all that. I’m the most unhappy of men! Why don’t I put a bullet into my brain? Why haven’t I cut my throat yet? What am I waiting for? Give me a knife! Give me a pistol! [Lomov moves] He seems to be coming round. Drink some water! That’s right.
LOMOV: I see stars... mist... where am I?
CHUBUKOV: Hurry up and get married and — well, to the devil with you! She’s willing! [He puts Lomov’s hand into his daughter’s] She’s willing and all that. I give you my blessing and so on. Only leave me in peace!
When Chubukov heard her daughter explain that Lomov had died, he was astounded and worried. He then attempted to force some water down Lomov's throat, but Lomov did not drink it. Chubukov, too concluded that Lomov was dead and began cursing himself. He spoke in an overly dramatic manner, claiming himself to be the unhappiest man in the world and expressed outrage that he hadn't yet cut off his own throat or shot himself in the head. As Lomov regained consciousness, he was uncertain of his place and was referring to stars, mist, etc.
At that precise moment, Chubukov hastily proposed to marry his daughter to Lomov. Asserting that Natalya was ready for it, he placed her hand in Lomov's. He then asked them to leave him in peace and bestowed his blessings upon them.
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.