The Jewish Wife & Other Short Plays by Bertolt Brecht

By Bertolt Brecht

Those six performs symbolize the simplest and such a lot funny of Brecht's shorter works. The Jewish spouse is from the phobia and distress within the 3rd Reich cycle of one-act performs, which, in addition to looking for Justice and The Informer, chromicles the hardships of existence in Nazi Germany. The Exception and the rule of thumb, certainly one of Brecht's preferred brief works, grimly depicts the implications of the together established -- but inevitable inequitable -- dating among the priviledged and the bad; it truly is incorporated right here with The Measures Taken and The Elephant Calf. although all of those ales of horror, advert Eric Bentley calls them, have tragic undertones, also they are infused with farcical absurdities and cosmic irony so attribute of Brecht's paintings.

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I can see you're dying to go into court, you know you are, and I must get to the grocery store. The MAID leaves. JUDGE B, an elderly judge and friend of JUDGE A, comes in. JUDGE B : What's the matter? This afternoon I have a rather dreadful case to deal with. affair. JUDGE B (he sits down): Yes, the S. JUDGE A (he suddenly stands still) : Who told you? JUDGE B : It was discussed over there yesterday afternoon. A nasty case. JUDGE JUDGE A: A begins to pace up and down. What do they say? JUDGE B : Nobody envies you.

WIFE : We shouldn't always be quarreling, Karl. In the old days . • HUSBAND : I was waiting for it : "in the old days ! " I didn't want my child's mind poisoned in the old days and I don't want it poisoned now! The Informer WIFE : 47 Where is he anyway? HUSBAND : WIFE: I How do I know? Did you see him leave? HUSBAND : No. understand where he (Shouting. ) Klaus-Heinrich ! WIFE : I don't can have gone. She runs out and is heard shouting. She returns. Well, he's out. HUSBAND : WIFE : Why on earth shouldn't he be out?

46 I Bertolt Brecht HUSBAND : If these reports of the priest trials don't stop, I won't order this paper any more. WIFE : And which one will you subscribe to? It's in all of them. HUSBAND : If all the papers carry filth like that, I'll read none. I couldn't know less of what's going on in the world. WIFE : A house cleaning doesn't hurt once in a while. HUSBAND : House cleaning! That's just politics. WIFE : Anyway it's no concern of ours : we're Lutherans. HUSBAND: It' s not a matter of indifference for our people if they can't think of a church without also thinking of such abominations.

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