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

SAVVA

Evidently you have been cut out for a spy.  Go on!

LIPA

I am not afraid of insults.

SAVVA

Never mind, never mind—­go on.

LIPA

Then I saw that you had frequent talks with that fellow—­Kondraty. 
Yesterday I looked in the trunk again, and the machine wasn’t there. 
So I understood.

SAVVA

You say you have another key?

LIPA

Yes.  The trunk is mine, you know.  Well, and to-day—­

SAVVA

When to-day?

LIPA

Toward evening—­I couldn’t find Kondraty anywhere—­I told him that I knew all.  He got very much frightened and told me the rest.

SAVVA

A worthy pair—­spy and traitor.

LIPA

If you are going to insult me, I won’t say another word.

SAVVA

Never mind, never mind—­go on.

LIPA

He was going to tell the Father Superior, but I didn’t let him.  I didn’t want to ruin you.

SAVVA

No?

LIPA

When it was, all over, I understood what a crazy scheme it was—­so crazy that I simply can’t think of it as real.  It must have been a nightmare.  It’s quite impossible.  And I began to feel sorry for you—­

SAVVA

Yes.

LIPA

I am sorry for you now too. (With tears) Savva, darling, you are my brother.  I have rocked your cradle.  My dear angel, what idea is this you have got into your mind?  Why, it’s terrible—­it’s madness.  I understand how hard it must be for you to see how people live, and so you have resolved on a desperate deed.  You have always been good and kind, and so I can understand you.  Don’t you think it’s hard for me to see this life?  Don’t you think I suffer myself?  Give me your hand.

SAVVA (pushing her hand away)

He told you he would go to the Superior?

LIPA

But I didn’t let him.

SAVVA

Has he got the machine?

LIPA

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