We want to hear nothing, know nothing.
AUTHOR (raging, drags the peacemaker forward).
The king is calmed, now calm this raging flood too, if you can. (Beside himself, rushes off.)
[The peacemaker plays on his bells, the stamping keeps time with the melody; he motions; monkeys and bears appear and dance fondly around him. Eagles and other birds. An eagle sits on the head of HINZE who is very much afraid; two elephants, two lions. Ballet and singing.]
THE FOUR-FOOTED ANIMALS.
That sounds so beautiful!
That sounds so lovely!
Never have I seen or heard the like!
[Hereupon an artistic quadrille is danced by all present, the king and his court retinue are taken into the centre, HINZE and JACKPUDDING not excluded; general applause. Laughter; people standing up in pit to see better; several hats fall down from the gallery.]
THE PEACEMAKER (sings during the ballet and the audience’s general expression of pleasure).
Could only all good men
Soft bells like these discover
Each enemy would then
With ease be turned to lover.
And life without bad friends would be
All sweet and lovely harmony.
[The curtain falls, all shout and applaud, the ballet is heard awhile.]
Well, I’d certainly call that a heroic ballet.
And so beautifully woven into the main plot!
The ballet is the only redeeming feature of the play.
I still keep on admiring the acting of the cat. In such details one recognizes the great and experienced actor; for example, as often as he took the rabbit out of the sack, he always lifted it by the ears; that was not prescribed for him; I wonder whether you noticed how the king grasped it at once by the body? But these animals are held by the ears because that is where they can best bear it. That’s what I call a master!
That is a very fine explanation.
He himself ought to be lifted by the ears for it.
And his terror when the eagle was sitting on his head! How he did not even move for fear, did not stir or budge—it is beyond description!
You go very deeply into the matter.
I flatter myself I am a bit of a connoisseur; that is of course not the case with all of you, and for that reason the matter must be demonstrated to you.
You are taking great pains!