Masquerade

The drama in 4 acts, in verse

Characters

Arbenin, Evgeny.
Nina, his wife.
Prince Zvezdych.
Baroness Ştralь.
Casarin, Athanasius Pavlovich.
Šprih, Adam Petrovich.
mask.
Official.
players.
guests.
Servants and maids.

Act One

the first scene

Yield first

players, Prince Zvezdych, Casarin and Shprih
(At the table they throw a bank and punt ... They stand around.)

1-and punter

Ivan Ilyich, let me put.

Banker

Kindly.

1-and punter

One hundred rubles.

Banker

Goes.

2-and punter

Well, farewell.

3-and punter

You need to improve happiness,
A sempelyami bad ...

4-and punter

We must bend.

3-and punter

Let go.

2-and punter

For all?.. No, burns!

4-and punter

Listen, Dear friend, nyneche who does not bend,
Up to what he did not achieve.

3-and punter (quiet first)

Look into my eyes.

Prince Zvezdych

Va-bank.

2-and punter

Hey, prince,
Anger only spoils the blood, - The game is not angry.

prince

This time, though, leave tips.

Banker

murdered.

prince

Hell.

Banker

Let me get.

2-and punter (mockingly)

I see, you are in the heat, ready to drop everything.
What are your epaulettes?

prince

I took them with honor, - and you should not buy.

2-and punter (between his teeth, leaving)

Modest would have to be
With such a misfortune, and your years.

(prince, drinking a glass of lemonade, It sits to the side and thinks.)
Šprih (fits with)

L do not need money, Prince ... I immediately help,
Interest is absurd ... but wait a hundred years can.

(Prince cold bows and turns, Shprih displeasure leaves.)

Yield second

Arbenin and other
(Arbenin included, bows, to the table; then it makes some signs and waste Kazarin.)
Arbenin

Well, Since you do not mecheshsya?.. BUT, Casarin?

Casarin

Look, brother, on others.
And you, dear, married, rich, - has become a master,
And forgot his fellow!

Arbenin

Yes, I have long since been not with you.

Casarin

Busy all the chores?

Arbenin

I love ... not by works.

Casarin

With his wife, by Balam.

Arbenin

No.

Casarin

play?

Arbenin

No subsided ...!
But there is a new, Who is this dandy?

Casarin

Šprih!
Adam Petrovich!.. I'll introduce you at once.

(Shprih suits and bows.)

Here is my friend, I recommend you,
Arbenin.

Šprih

Do I know you.

Arbenin

I remember, that we
Meet happened.

Šprih

according to the stories.
And so many of you, I heard that, this,
That meet long ago wish.

Arbenin

About you, I have not heard, Unfortunately, nothing,
But a lot of you, of course, I know.

(bows again. Šprih, Scorch sour face, leaves.)

I do not like ... I have seen a lot of rye,
A sort of not invented on purpose:
evil smile, eye glass beads exactly ...,
Look - not people, - and with the devil does not like.

Casarin

Mother, my little brother, what kind of outdoor?
Let there be even the devil himself!.. Yeah man, he desired,
Only the address - will lend.
What is it the nation, I do not know to say boldly:
He speaks in all languages,
Most likely, the Jew.
All he knows, all he cares,
He remembers everything, He knows everything, in caring for a century,
It was a bit more than once, with bezbozhnikom - godless,
On holy-roller - Jesuits, between us - wicked gambler,
And honest people - most honorable man.
Shorter, you love him, I'm sure.

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