Varya character analysis and review in The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov

Varya is the elder daughter of Lyubov, she seems the only realistic character in the novel which is willing to face the harsh and bitter reality of her life. She does not live in dreams. She knows that they are hard up and spends accordingly. Her mother admits the positive side of her spending:

"I had a lot of money yesterday, but there's very little to-day. My poor Varya feeds everybody on milk soup to save money, in the kitchen the old people only get peas, and I spend recklessly."

But all the wisdom of Varya earns her nothing except homelessness forever. Her realism is very evident when Anya asks her if Lopakhin has proposed her and she responds in the most clear and acute manner:

"His mind is all consumed with his deals, his business; I'm the furthest thing from it... Everyone is saying we're congratulating me, but the truth of it is there's nothing there, nothing at all whatsoever, it's all just a dream".

Varya is not convinced even when her mother congratulates her of her marriage decision in the presence of Lopakhin. She knows him very well. He is the man who would do anything for his business. To him life is all about business and going forward.

She knows the estate is going to be auctioned and nobody will be able to save it all. She is mentally prepared to become a nun adopt the convent. She thinks about Anya and wants get her married in some rich family for securing the future of her sister.