Seven Plays- Translated and introduced by Joe Martin- with a Foreword by Björn Meidal
The Stronger 309
THE STRONGER A Play in One Scene (1888) CHARACTERS MRS. X, an actress, married MLLE. Y, an actress, unmarried [A WAITRESS] THE SCENE A corner in a cafe which caters to ladies; two small iron tables, a red shag sofa and some chairs. MRS X enters, dressed for winter in a hat and coat, with a fine Japanese basket on her arm. MLLE Y is sitting before a half-finished beer bottle and is reading an illustrated magazine, which she later exchanges for others. MRS x Hello Amelie, dear!- You're sitting here so alone on Christ- mas Eve, like some poor bachelor. MILE Y (glances up from the magazine, nods, and goes on reading.) MRS X You know, I'm really sorry to see you this way. Alone, alone at a cafe, and even on Christmas Eve. I feel as sorry as that time in Paris when I saw a wedding reception in a restaurant, and the groom played billiards with the witnesses. Hunh! I thought. With a start like that, how will they go on, and how will it end! He was playing billiards on his wedding night! - And she was reading a comic book, you're thinking. Well, it's not exactly the same thing! A WAITRESS enters and places a cup of chocolate in front of MRS X, and goes out. MRS X You know what, Amelie? I think now you would have been better off to stay with him! You remember, I was the first to tell you:...
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