I’m still a little unclear what is going on, but it seems Varvara wants to marry off Darya to Stepan because she thinks something was going on with Darya and her own son, Nikolai. It’s all vague and I’m honestly having a hard time trying to find a reason to care about these characters, but there is something unseemly about these people that is sort of fascinating to watch.
Wordsworth, Nutting. What we take from nature – what is said of us and our impact on nature, on others? Imagine how the trees feel when we pluck their “trinkets”, what words do they speak of us? What secrets do they keep “Hemlock” = “lock” = poison? Do they resent us? Beautiful image of nature dealing with us.