|Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (17291781). Minna von Barnhelm.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
MINNAS Room. MINNA (dressed handsomely and richly, but in good taste), FRANZISKA
(They have just risen from a table, which a servant is clearing.)
Fran. You cannot possibly have eaten enough, my lady.
| Min. Dont you think so, Franziska? Perhaps I had no appetite when I sat down.|| 2|
| Fran. We had agreed not to mention him during dinner. We should have resolved likewise, not to think of him.|| 3|
| Min. Indeed, I have thought of nothing but him.|| 4|
| Fran. So I perceived. I began to speak of a hundred different things, and you made wrong answers to each. (Another servant brings coffee.) Here comes a beverage more suited to fanciessweet, melancholy coffee.|| 5|
| Min. Fancies! I have none. I am only thinking of the lesson I will give him. Did you understand my plan, Franziska?|| 6|
| Fran. Oh! yes; but it would be better if he spared us the putting it in execution.|| 7|
| Min. You will see that I know him thoroughly. He who refuses me now with all my wealth, will contend for me against the whole world, as soon as he hears that I am unfortunate and friendless.|| 8|
| Fran. (seriously). That must tickle the most refined self-love.|| 9|
| Min. You moralist! First you convict me of vanitynow of self-love. Let me do as I please, Franziska. You, too, shall do as you please with your Sergeant.|| 10|
| Fran. With my Sergeant?|| 11|
| Min. Yes. If you deny it altogether, then it is true. I have not seen him yet; but from all you have said respecting him, I foretell your husband for you.|| 12|