By Bertolt Brecht

ISBN-10: 0394172582

ISBN-13: 9780394172583

The play is a parable encouraged by means of the chinese language play Chalk Circle. Written on the shut of worldwide struggle II, the tale is determined within the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, and retells the story of King Solomon and a baby claimed via moms. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn round a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements approximately type are cloaked within the innocence of a fantasy that whispers insistently to the viewers.

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The chain is s ilver. Please wear it. GRUSHA : Many thanks, Simon. The Ca uc a si a n 39 I Chalk Circle SIMON (hangs i t round h e r neck ) : It woul d b e better t o g o to the third courtyard now . O r the re 'll be difficul­ ties. Anyway, I must harness lady w i l l unde rstand? the ho rse s . The young GRUSHA : Ye s , S i mo n . They stand undecided. SIMON : I 'll s t ayed j u st take the mistre s s to the troops that h ave Joyal . When the war's o v er , I ' ll be back . I n I hope m y i ntende d won't get two weeks .

ADJ U TANT ( lzarslz ly ) : H a rness the horses to the c a rriage ! Don ' t s t an d the re d oi ng n o t h i n g , scu m ! 40 I Bertolt Brecht SHASHAVA stands to attention and goes Two S E RVA NTS cro wd from the gateway, bent under huge trunks. Behind them, suppo r ted by women, stumbles NAT E L L A A B A S H W I L I . She is lowed by a WOMAN carrying t h e C H I LD. S i l\ION off. low her fol­ ' GOV E R N O R s W I F E : I hardly know if my head's still on. Where's Michael? Don't hold him so clumsily.

He's mine ! C O R P O RA L : Fine l i ne n ! GRUSHA off and dashes at him t o pull him away. H e th roli"S h e r again bends over the crib. A gain looking round in de spai r, she sees a log of wood, seizes it, and hits the COR P O R A L 01·er the head from behind. The collapses. She quickly picks u p th e CHILD CORPORAL a n d rushes o/]. SING E R : A n d in her fl i ght from the Iron s h i rts After twenty-two d ays At of j o u rneying the foot of the J an ga-Tau G l acier G rusha Yashnadze decid ed to adopt the child.

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