To a chemist, nothing on earth is unclean. A writer must be as objective as a chemist. He must abandon the subjective line. He must know that dungheaps play a very respectable part in a landscape, and that evil passions are as inherent in life as good ones.
The Seagull is the first of what are generally considered to be the four major Plays by Chekow. Written in 1895 and first produced in 1896, it was adapted for the big screen by another kind of chemist.