The drama in 4 acts, in verse
Nina, his wife.
Casarin, Athanasius Pavlovich.
Šprih, Adam Petrovich.
Servants and maids.
the first scene
players, Prince Zvezdych, Casarin and Shprih
(At the table they throw a bank and punt ... They stand around.)
Ivan Ilyich, let me put.
One hundred rubles.
You need to improve happiness,
A sempelyami bad ...
We must bend.
For all?.. No, burns!
Listen, Dear friend, nyneche who does not bend,
Up to what he did not achieve.
3-and punter (quiet first)
Look into my eyes.
Anger only spoils the blood, - The game is not angry.
This time, though, leave tips.
Let me get.
2-and punter (mockingly)
I see, you are in the heat, ready to drop everything.
What are your epaulettes?
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.)
Arbenin and other
(Arbenin included, bows, to the table; then it makes some signs and waste Kazarin.)
Well, Since you do not mecheshsya?.. BUT, Casarin?
Look, brother, on others.
And you, dear, married, rich, - has become a master,
And forgot his fellow!
Yes, I have long since been not with you.
Busy all the chores?
I love ... not by works.
With his wife, by Balam.
No subsided ...!
But there is a new, Who is this dandy?
Adam Petrovich!.. I'll introduce you at once.
(Shprih suits and bows.)
Here is my friend, I recommend you,
Do I know you.
I remember, that we
according to the stories.
And so many of you, I heard that, this,
That meet long ago wish.
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.
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.