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

WIFE

I.

MAN

Look, they are bowing to us; they are whispering about us; they are pointing their fingers at us.  There is a venerable old gentleman saying with tears in his eyes:  “Happy the land that has such children!” See how pale this youth here has turned.  Fame looked at him and gave him a smile.  That’s after I built the People’s House, which is the pride of the whole country.

WIFE

You are my famous husband.  The oak wreath suits you so well.  A laurel wreath would become you still better.

MAN

Look, look, there come the representatives of the city where I was born.  They bow to me and say:  “Our city is proud of the honor—­”

WIFE

Oh!

MAN

What is it?

WIFE

I found a bottle of milk.

MAN

Impossible!

WIFE

And bread, soft, sweet-smelling bread.  And a cigar.

MAN

Impossible!  You are mistaken.  It’s the dampness from that damned wall, that’s what it is.  It isn’t milk.

WIFE

But it is.

MAN

A cigar?  Cigars don’t grow on windows.  They are sold for fortunes in tobacco stores.  It’s a black stick, a piece of a branch, I’m sure.

WIFE

Look and see.  I suppose our neighbors brought it.

MAN

Our neighbors?  I tell you they’re people—­they’re not human—­they’re divine.  But even if the devil himself brought it—­quick, give it here, my sweet little wife.

[Man’s Wife seats herself on his knees, and so they eat.  She breaks off pieces of bread and puts them in his mouth.  He feeds her the milk from the bottle.

MAN

Seems to be cream.

WIFE

No, it’s milk.  Chew better.  You’ll choke.

MAN.

Give me the crust.  It’s so brown.

WIFE

I told you, you’d choke.

MAN

No, it went down.  I swallowed it.

WIFE

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