The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 04 eBook

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Oh, when you love art as I do it is a pleasant task!  Just now a very acute thought also occurred to me concerning the cat’s boots, and in them I admire the genius of the actor.  You see, at first be is a cat; for that reason he must lay aside his natural clothing in order to assume the appropriate disguise of a cat.  Then he has to appear fully as a hunter; that is what I conclude, for every one calls him that, nor does a soul marvel at him; an unskilful actor would have dressed himself exactly so too, but what would have happened to our illusion?  We might perhaps have forgotten that he was still originally a cat and how uncomfortable a new costume would be for the actor over the fur he already had.  By means of the boots, however, he merely skilfully suggests the hunter’s costume; and that such suggestions are extremely dramatic, the ancients prove to us very excellently, in often—­


Hush!  The third act is beginning.


Room in a peasant’s house



Then do you really think that will do any good?


I beg, I entreat you, do not refuse my request; my only hope depends on it.


Why, what’s this again?  How did these people ever get into
Gottlieb’s room?


I won’t rack my brains about anything more.


But, dear friend, you certainly do ask too much, to have all this done in such a hurry, entirely on the spur of the moment.


I believe you are against me, too; you also rejoice in my misfortune.


Not in the least.

PLAYWRIGHT (falls down before him).

Then prove it to me by yielding to my request; if the disapproval of the audience breaks out so loudly again, then at a motion from me let all the machines play; as it is, the second act has already closed quite differently from the way it reads in my manuscript.


What’s this now?  Why, who raised the curtain?


It never rains but it pours!  I am lost! (He rushes in
embarrassment behind the scenes.


There never has been such a confusion on any evening.

[Exit.  A pause.]


I say, does that belong to the play?


Of course—­why that motivates the transformation to follow.


This evening ought certainly to be described in the theatre almanac.

KING (behind the scenes).

No, I will not appear, on no condition; I
cannot bear to have any one laugh at me.


But you—­dearest friend—­it can’t be changed now.

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