Devil and the Good Lord and Two Other Plays (A Vintage Book V-65)

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Of 'all modern playwrights of France ... Sartre is the main major .... between his contemporaries, he's such a lot such as Picasso. Like him, he's a planned genius, by no means swerving from his diabolical will to persevere in what all people else manufacturers as an errors; he's smug even if he's humble; he can borrow triumphantly from others and honor them via appropriating their lead and transmuting it into gold.
Every writer, not less than in Continental Europe, in the end will write his Faust. Camus' Faust was once his Caligula .... Sartre's Faust occurs in Germany throughout the time of the Lutheran reform and the Peasants' battle . . . [The hero] ends via accepting males of their finiteness. [He] needs to concede that absolute solid is simply as mistaken as absolute Evil.
...Some of the main vibrant scenes in The satan and the great Lord are sheer comedy. For Sartre has a superb comedian feel and an artwork of the stinky, witty discussion unrivaled this present day. the opposite performs are exciting comedies. Nekrassov ... is even a farce within the culture of Aristophanes, boisterously ridiculing politicians and newshounds of latest Paris .... Kean is a mordant satire at the snobs, the pompous roues of London society, and on their other halves and mistresses... all desperately bored through their man made lives. . . in the back of its ancient side, although, it poses scary questions of the authenticity of the comic. 'Am I slipping? Am I enhancing? [Kean] asks his reflect, and his attendants. within the theatre as in love, there's just one legislations: increase, or slip back.

-Henri Peyre in The manhattan Times

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GOETZ: If the Church loves with out revulsion or balk the main despicable of her sons, why do you hesitate to include him? [TETZEL shakes his head. ] Jesus could have taken him in His fingers. i like him higher than you do. [Pause. He is going to the LEPER. ] THE LEPER [between his the teeth] : the following comes one other to tug the trick of the leper's kiss. GOETZ: Come the following, my brother. THE LEPER: i assumed so! [He is going to GOETZ unwillingly. ] If it is a query of your salvation, i can't refuse, yet do it quick. you are all of the similar; you'll imagine the great Lord had given me leprosy expressly to provide you an opportunity to earn your house in Heaven. [As GOETZ methods him] now not at the mouth! [GOETZ kisses him at the mouth. ] Pah! [He wipes his lips. ] TETZEL [beginning to laugh]: good? Are you chuffed? examine him wiping his lips. Is he much less of a leper now than he used to be ahead of you kissed him? inform me, leper, how is going the realm with you? THE LEPER: it might be higher if there have been fewer sound males and much extra lepers. TETZEL: the place do you reside? THE LEPER: With different lepers within the woodland TEIZEL: What do you do all day? ACT eighty three II THE LEPER: inform one another leper tales. TETZEL: Why have you ever come all the way down to the village? THE LEPER: I got here to work out if i may decide up an indul- gence. TETZEL: outstanding! THE LEPER: Is it real that you simply TETZEL: For part a ducat. promote them? THE LEPER: i have not a penny. [triumphantlyy to the PEASANTS]: Watch this! [To the LEPER] D O you spot this glossy new indulgence? which might you relatively have? That I supply it to you, or that I kiss you at the lips? THE LEPER: good . . . TETZEL: Oh, i'm going to do whichever you're keen on. select. THE LEPER: good, i would relatively you supply me the paper. TETZEL: the following it really is, free of charge seasoned Deo—it's a present out of your Holy mom Church. Take it. THE LEPER: Hurrah for the Church! [TETZEL throws him the parchment. The LEPER catches it] TETZEL: NOW, leave speedy. [The LEPER is going. Sound of the bell and the rattle. ] TETZEL: good, which people loves him the higher? the gang: YOU do! You do! Hurrah for Tetzel! TETZEL: Come alongside, my brothers! who is subsequent? on your sister who died in a international land? [Flute. ] to your aunts who introduced you up? in your mom? in your father and your mother—for your eldest son! Pay up! Pay! Pay! GOETZ: Curs! [He moves the desk, sweeping the drum off the head, and it rolls away to the foot of the stairs. ] Christ drove the money-changers out of the Temple. . . . [He stops, taking a look at the silent and antagonistic peasants, pulls the hood over his face and throws himself on his knees along with his again opposed to the wall of the church, groaning. ] Ah! Ah! Ah! disgrace on me! disgrace on me! i do not understand how to talk to them. Lord, I implore Thee, convey me how to their hearts I TETZEL The satan and the great Lord eighty four [The PEASANTS watch him; TETZEL smiles; the PEASlook at TETZEL, TETZEL winks, lays a -finger on his lips to impose silence, and jerks his head towards the church door. He enters the church on tiptoe. The PEASANTS input the church, sporting the plaster saint. all of them disappear.

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