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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781).  Minna von Barnhelm.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Act I
 
Scene IX
 
 
SERVANT,  MAJOR VON TELLHEIM,  JUST


  Ser.  I say, comrade!
  1
  Just.  What is the matter?  2
  Ser.  Can you direct me to the officer who lodged yesterday in that room?  (pointing to the one out of which he is coming).  3
  Just.  That I could easily do. What have you got for him?  4
  Ser.  What we always have, when we have nothing-compliments. My mistress hears that he has been turned out on her account. My mistress knows good manners, and I am therefore to beg his pardon.  5
  Just.  Well then, beg his pardon; there he stands.  6
  Ser.  What is he? What is his name?  7
  Maj. T.  I have already heard your message, my friend. It is unnecessary politeness on the part of your mistress, which I beg to acknowledge duly. Present my compliments to her. What is the name of your mistress?  8
  Ser.  Her name! We call her my lady.  9
  Maj. T.  The name of her family?  10
  Ser.  I have not heard that yet, and it is not my business to ask. I manage so that I generally get a new master every six weeks. Hang all their names!  11
  Just.  Bravo, comrade!  12
  Ser.  I was engaged by my present mistress a few days ago, in Dresden. I believe she has come here to look for her lover.  13
  Maj. T.  Enough, friend. I wished to know the name of your mistress, not her secrets. Go!  14
  Ser.  Comrade, he would not do for my master.  15
 

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