1. This beat, which begins our scene, begins with
Vera's entrance. 
She is worried for Natalya's health and wondering if that is the
reason she has been called. Natalya quickly reassures Vera and
urges her to sit down, which she does. The conflict is that Vera
does not want to be in the room alone with Natalya, but Natalya
triumphs when she gets Vera to sit with her. 
2. In the next beat Natalya begins by reassuring
Vera that she is loved and wanted, then proposes the idea of marriage.
Vera does not grasp her meaning at first, but when she does she
bursts out in tears. She does not want to be married, but resigns
herself to Natalya's control.
 The conflict is reached when Vera says that she
is in Natalya's power. Natalya wants Vera to believe that she
is loved and commands Vera to smile, which she does.
3. In this beat Natalya tries yet again to make
Vera comfortable by pretending that they are sisters and asking
her what she things about getting married.
 Vera agrees that she is too young, but Natalya
goes on pretending that all the man wants is to court Vera. Vera
gets curious at this point and Natalya reveals that the suitor
is Bolshintsov, an older, rather ugly gentleman. 
The crisis is reached when Vera bursts out in laughter at the
very idea. Natalya's hopes that Vera would consent, at least to
being courted, are smashed.
4. Natalya sees immediately that Vera does not
care for Bolshintsov and quickly dismisses the subject. 
Vera, in shock continues to question Natalya about the subject.
Natalya comments that Bolshintsov couldn't please a young girl
because young girls all want to marry for love. 
The crisis is reached when Vera tries to confirm her belief that
Natalya married Arkady Sergeyich for love. Natalya reassures her,
while also commenting that perhaps young girls are right about
marrying for love. She then quickly changes the subject. 
5. Natalya reminds Vera once again that she wants
them to be friends before once again bringing up the idea of marriage.
She wonders at the real reason for Vera's rejection of Bolshintsov
because she is suspicious that Vera loves Belyaev. She finally
comes out and asks Vera whether she loves someone else. Vera does
not understand at first and they converse about the various men
in her life. The crisis is reached when Natalya asks about Vera's
feelings for Belyaev and Vera replies that she likes him very
6. In this beat Natalya questions Vera further
about her relationship with Belyaev. 
Vera finally opens up and tells Natalya about the time they have
spent together, Belyaev's kind heart, and the way he picked a
flower for her. The way Vera describes it, they are very good
friends, but he thinks of her as a child. Natalya is reassured
at first, but the crisis is reached when Natalya asks once more
about the true nature of Vera's feelings for Belyaev and Vera
suddenly "presses her face to Natalya Petrovna's bosom."
It is at this moment that Natalya realizes Vera does indeed love
Belyaev and that there is a possibility that Belyaev may love
7. When Vera looks up, she sees a change in Natalya's
expression and that she has become quite pale. She becomes worried
for Natalya's health, but Natalya reassures her that she is fine
and simply wants to be alone. Natalya pushes a tearful Vera out
the door and ends our scene.
1. What is Vera's objective
in this scene?
2. I have to read into
this. What is the objective? I can sense it, but you need to
just come out and say "Her objective is
clearly state the tactics. What tactic does Natalya use to reassure?
3. Clearly delineate
shift in tactics and objective. Give me the exact line they
4. When Natalya achieves
her objective, it changes.
5. 2 and 3 could be
the same beat. The beat probably changes on Vera's response.
(bottom of 3)
6. Do less summarizing.
That is not necessary unless it helps you to explain objectives
and tactics. Just tell us what the objectives and tactics are
and where they change.
7. Vera's objective
is to achieve Natalya's assurance. Her tactic to achieve this
goal is to question.
8. Natalya changes
tactics here with talk of love, could be a new beat.
9. Vera puts up an
obstacle, though she doesn't know it, and Natalya counters it.
Natalya doesn't want to talk about herself; she wants to know
about Vera and whether Vera is in love.
10. Finding the crisis
is good, and an important step, but you also need to make the
objectives and tactics clear.
11. Beat change could
come later. Natalya questions Vera until she is absolutely certain
about Vera's lover for Belyaev, when "Vera presses her
face to Natalya Petrovna's bosom." When she is sure, she
changes her tactic and possibly her objective as well.
12. Don't be indirect.
Again, we have to read into it to find the objectives and tactics.