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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 146 pages of information about Savva and the Life of Man.

LIPA

I hear.  What’s so remarkable about it?  A swindle, that’s all.

YEGOR

What’s remarkable about it is that, he didn’t ask your advice.  They chewed the old one to pieces, so he put a new one in its place exactly like it; Yes, just exactly like the one in which the saint lay before.  Remember us in heaven where thou dwellest, O Saint! (He crosses himself and yawns) You can lose your teeth on this one too.  They chewed the old one to pieces completely.  Where are you off to?  Sit down!

LIPA

I can’t, it’s so hot in here.

YEGOR

But I can.  Sit down, you won’t melt. (Pause) They chewed up the old one, so he put up a new one.  Where is Savva?

PELAGUEYA

He’s playing; jackstones with the children.

YEGOR

I’m not asking you.  What time is it?

PELAGUEYA

It just struck two.

YEGOR

Tell him I’ll turn him out.  I won’t stand it.

LIPA

Stand what?  Be reasonable.

YEGOR

I won’t stand it.  Who is he anyway?  Never at home in time for dinner.  He comes and feeds like a dog by himself—­knocks about at night and doesn’t lock the gate.  I went out yesterday and found the gate wide open.  If we are robbed, who’ll pay for it?

LIPA

There are no thieves here.  What thieves have you ever seen in this place?

YEGOR

What thieves?  A lot.  When all people are asleep, he is knocking about.  Who ever heard of such a thing?

LIPA

But if he doesn’t want to sleep, what is he to do?

YEGOR

What, you too?  He doesn’t want to?  Let him go to bed, and he’ll sleep.  No one wants to sleep, but once you lie down you fall asleep.  He doesn’t want to?  I know him.  Who asked him to come?  He was making bank-notes over there—­then why didn’t he stay where he was and do what he pleased?  What business has he here?

LIPA

What bank-notes?

YEGOR

What bank-notes?  Not real ones.  Nothing is done to you for making real bank-notes.  Counterfeit bank-notes, that’s what.  Not the sort of thing you get patted on the head for, when you are caught, no sirree!  It’s very strict now.  I’ll go to the police captain and tell him:  “It’s like this—­just search him.”

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