Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (17291781). Minna von Barnhelm. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
AJOR VON T ELLHEIM, W ERNER, J UST, F RANZISKA Maj. T. ( pointing to the purse which W ERNER had thrown down). Here, Just, pick up the purse and carry it home. Go! ( Just takes it up and goes.) 1
Wer. ( still standing, out of humour, in a corner, and absent till he hears the last words). Well, what now? 2
Maj. T. ( in a friendly tone while going up to him). Werner, when can I have the other two thousand pistoles? 3
Wer. ( in a good humour again instantly). To-morrow, Major, to-morrow. 4
Maj. T. I do not need to become your debtor; but I will be your banker. All you good-natured people ought to have guardians. You are in a manner spendthrifts.I irritated you just now, Werner. 5
Wer. Upon my life you did! But I ought not to have been such a dolt. Now I see it all clearly. I deserve a hundred lashes. You may give them to me, if you will, Major. Only no more ill will, dear Major! 6
Maj. T. Ill will! ( shaking him by the hand). Read in my eyes all that I cannot say to youAh! let me see the man with a better wife and a more trusty friend than I shall have.Eh! Franziska? ( Exit.) 7