By Alan Bennett
This moment quantity of performs via Alan Bennett contains his Kafka performs, one an hilarious comedy, the opposite a profound and looking drama. additionally incorporated is An Englishman out of the country and a query of Attribution. The fascination of those performs lies within the method they query our authorized notions of treachery and, in several methods, make a sympathetic case for man Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
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Extra resources for Alan Bennett: Plays 2
ESTRAGON: Come come, take a seat I beseech you, you'll get pneumonia. POZZO: You really think so? ESTRAGON: Why it's absolutely certain. POZZO: No doubt you are right. ) Done it again! ) Thank you, dear fellow. ) But I must really be getting along, if I am to observe my schedule. VLADIMIR: Time has stopped. POZZO: (cuddling his watch to his ear). Don't you believe it, Sir, don't you believe it. ) Whatever you like, but not that. ESTRAGON: (to Pozzo). Everything seems black to him today. POZZO: Except the firmament.
Up hog! (Noise of Lucky getting up and picking up his baggage. ) Back! ) Stop! ) Turn! (Lucky turns. ) Gentlemen, I am happy to have met you. ) Yes yes, sincerely happy. ) Closer! ) Stop! ) Yes, the road seems long when one journeys all alone for . . (he consults his watch) . . yes . . (he calculates) . . yes, six hours, that's right, six hours on end, and never a soul in sight. ) Coat! ) Hold that! (Pozzo holds out the whip. Lucky advances and, both his hands being occupied, takes the whip in his mouth, then goes back to his place.
It's my nature. This evening. So much the worse for me. (He jerks the rope. ) For I shall suffer, no doubt about that. ) What do you prefer? Shall we have him dance, or sing, or recite, or think, or— ESTRAGON: Who? POZZO: Who! You know how to think, you two? VLADIMIR: He thinks? POZZO: Certainly. Aloud. He even used to think very prettily once, I could listen to him for hours. Now . . (he shudders). So much the worse for me. Well, would you like him to think something for us? ESTRAGON: I'd rather he dance, it'd be more fun.