Collected Plays, Volume 1 by Bertolt Brecht

By Bertolt Brecht

This quantity comprises five performs: Baal, Drums within the evening, within the Jungle of towns, The lifetime of Edward the second one of britain, and 5 One-Act performs.

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He suffered a while. SECOND WOODCUTTER Early this morning he said the weather seemed to be getting better. He liked it this way: green, with a little rain . And the wood not too dry. THIRD wooDCUTTER Teddy was a good fellow. Used to have a little shop somewhere. Those were his good days. He was as fat as a priest then. But his business went brok e because he had an affair with some woman, and he came up here and lost his paunch with the years. ANOTHER WOODCUTTER Didn't he ever talk about his affair with the woman ?

Something for you blockheads! Teddy's schnapps, to celebrate Teddy's funeral! Fittin g and proper! Has anybody made a speech for Teddy yet! Wouldn't that be the right thing? BAAL I did. SEVERAL WOODCUTTERS BAAL J ust When ? now. Before you started talking big. It began with: Teddy has his rest . . You never notice anything until it's all over. -Let's get the sch napps! It's disgraceful. -And why, great Elephan t? It's Teddy's property . We've no right to break into that keg. Teddy has a wife and five poor orphans.

Landlord, a schnapps! S E C O N D PEASANT Will you buy him right away? BAAL The one that has the strongest loins. T H I R D PEASANT They'll be bringing in bulls from eleven villages for the price you're offering. BAAL 3o Baal FIRST PEASANT Take a look at my bull! Landlord, another schnapps! THE PEASANTS My bull is the best! Tomorrow evening, you say ? ( They begin to leave) Are you spending the night here ? BAAL Yes. I n a bed! ( The peasants go) EKART Just what are you trying to do? Have you gone crazy ?

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