By George Sand

Full-length and 3 one-act performs, translated right here for the 1st time into English.

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We don’t have time just now. LÉONIE [rising]: Oh but we do. Very briefly. Let’s see—first and foremost, before I forget, a terribly brutal question: you’re poor, I’m rich—do you need any money? CAROLINE: No, thanks! LÉONIE: You’re sure? CAROLINE: Very sure! LÉONIE: You’re not angry with me? CAROLINE: Don’t be silly! LÉONIE: In that case, let’s rely on each other. Now, here’s my advice: the Marquise has another son. CAROLINE: She told me—the Marquis. LÉONIE: He’s a scholar, a thinker. His mother wants to marry him off to a young girl I know .

You know that I have rather a number of them to write today. MARQUISE: That’s true. Off you go then. We’re finally going to discover if the Dunières . . I might need you; come back as soon as you can. [Caroline leaves at right. ] MARQUISE: Well, Baroness? LÉONIE: I’ve conquered Madame de Dunières’s hesitations; she is so prim and proper where her godchild is concerned. I was persuasive—eloquent, even! One does feel inspired when one is acting in your service. ] I even made Madame de Dunières laugh; and you know how easy that is!

MARQUISE: You’ve managed not to fall in love? How? CAROLINE: Simply because I’ve never had the time to think of my own concerns. When I was seventeen I saw my father die from sorrow. And then the days of poverty came—after there had 30 Five Comedies been a lot of work to pay off our debts. After that, there was my brother-in-law, whom we tried to keep from death’s door as long as possible; my sister in despair, at her wits’ end; her children to look after and bring up . . goodness knows what else!

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