NATALYA: [teasing] My heart! What sort of a hunter are you? You ought to go and lie on the kitchen oven and catch black beetles, not go after foxes! My heart!
CHUBUKOV: Yes really, what sort of a hunter are you, anyway? You ought to sit at home with your palpitations, and not go tracking animals. You could go hunting, but you only go to argue with people and interfere with their dogs and so on. Let’s change the subject in case I lose my temper. You’re not a hunter at all, anyway!
LOMOV: And are you a hunter? You only go hunting to get in with the Count and to intrigue. Oh, my heart! You’re an intriguer!
CHUBUKOV: What? I am an intriguer? [shouts] Shut up!
CHUBUKOV: Boy! Pup!
LOMOV: Old rat! Jesuit!
CHUBUKOV: Shut up or I’ll shoot you like a partridge! You fool!
LOMOV: Everybody knows that — oh, my heart! — your late wife used to beat you... My feet... temples... sparks... I fall, I fall!
Lomov's feet began to tingle as the discussion continued, but Natalya persisted, making fun of his palpitation difficulties and asking what kind of hunter he was. She then advised him that he should catch black beetles rather than foxes. Chubukov joined Natalya in her argument, adding that Lomov should stay at home with his palpitations and should not go hunting instead of going and doing what he is best at, arguing whose dog is superior. Once more, Chubukov pressed for a change of subject out of fear of losing his cool.
Chubukov was insulted by Lomov as not even being a real hunter in return for his offence, as, according to Lomov, Chubukov goes hunting just to be counted and nothing more. He kept talking about his heart and using foul language, calling him an intriguer. Chubukov yelled at Lomov and ordered him to be quiet. Chubukov and Lomov were constantly calling each other names like "intriguer," "puppy," "old rat," and "Jesuit." Chubukov also threatened Lomov with a gun and called him a fool because he couldn't stand the way Lomov was speaking.
After hearing what Chubukov said, Lomov began to get emotional, despite the pain in his heart and feet. Thus, Lomov brought up the subject of Chubukov's late wife beating him.
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.