Then we’ll take a polite leave of each other, with thanks for pleasant company.
Can we part, we two? Do you think we can?
Yes, you didn’t manage to tie me up, you know.
I have a castle to offer you—–
[Pointing to the hut.] A fellow to that one?
It has not fallen to ruin yet.
And all the glory of the world, perhaps?
A castle, I tell you—–
Thanks! I have had enough of castles.
—with splendid hunting-grounds stretching for miles around it.
Are there works of art too in this castle?
[Slowly.] Well, no—it’s true there are no works of art; but—–
[Relieved.] Ah! that’s one good thing, at any rate!
Will you go with me, then—as far and as long as I want you?
There is a tame bird of prey keeping watch upon me.
[Wildly.] We’ll put a bullet in his wing, Maia!
[Looks at him a moment, and says resolutely.] Come then, and carry me down into the depths.
[Puts his arm round her waist.] It is high time! The mist is upon us!
Is the way down terribly dangerous?
The mountain is more dangerous still.
[She shakes him off, goes
to the edge of the precipice and looks
over, but starts quickly back.
[Goes towards her, laughing.] What? Does it make you a little giddy?