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Authors: Peter Handke

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The Ride Across Lake Constance and Other Plays

BOOK: The Ride Across Lake Constance and Other Plays
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Where to begin?
Everything is out of joint and totters.
The air quivers with comparisons.
No word is better than the other,
the earth booms with metaphors
…
—OSIP MANDELSTAM
 
Four speakers
( A, B, C, D)
 
 
A
The flies will die like flies.
 
B
The ruttish dogs will snuffle like ruttish dogs.
 
C
The pig on the spit will scream like a pig on the spit.
 
D
The bull will roar like a bull.
 
A
The statue will stand like a statue.
 
B
The chickens will scurry like chickens.
 
C
The madman will run like a madman.
 
D
The lunatic will howl like a lunatic.
 
A
The mangy dog will roam like a mangy dog.
 
B
The vulture will circle like a vulture.
 
C
The aspen leaves will quiver like aspen leaves.
 
D
The grass will quiver like grass.
 
AB
The house of cards will tumble like a house of cards.
 
AC
The bombs will strike like bombs.
 
AD
The ripe fruit will fall from the trees like ripe fruit.
 
BC
The water on the hot stone will hiss like water on a hot stone.
 
BD
Those who are doomed to die will stand like those who are doomed to die.
 
ABCD
The stuck pig will bleed like a stuck pig.
 
A
The average person will behave like an average person.
 
B
The bastard will behave like a bastard.
 
C
The man of honor will behave like a man of honor.
 
D
The opera hero will behave like an opera hero.
 
A
The stepchild will be treated like a stepchild.
The miracle worker will be awaited like a miracle worker.
The freak will be stared at like a freak.
The Messiah will be longed for like the Messiah.
The milch cow will be exploited like a milch cow.
The lepers will be shunned like lepers.
Hell will be hated like hell.
The shroud will be spread out like a shroud.
The mad dog will be shot like a mad dog.
 
B
The fool will prattle like a fool.
The parrot will prattle like a parrot.
The roaches will scurry from the light like roaches.
The snow in May will vanish like the snow in May.
The child will be happy like a child.
The miracle will happen like a miracle.
The corpse in the pool will swell up like a corpse in a pool.
The thunderclap will be like a thunderclap.
 
CD
The trooper will swear like a trooper.
The frog will leap like a frog.
Lightning will flash like lightning.
The thief will sneak off like a thief.
The horse will eat like a horse.
The school child will hide like a school child.
The splash in the water will be like a splash in the water.
The slap in the face will be like a slap in the face.
The viper will strike like a viper.
 
BCD
The wounded horses will rear up like wounded horses.
The jockey will be alert like a jockey.
The huskies will howl like huskies.
The Jew will haggle like a Jew.
The fish will wriggle on the hook like a fish on a hook.
The open wound will fester like an open wound.
The virgin will put on airs like a virgin.
The choirboy will walk like a choirboy.
The sailor will walk like a sailor.
The Spaniard will walk like a Spaniard.
Gary Cooper will walk like Gary Cooper.
Donald Duck will walk like Donald Duck.
 
A
The wet poodle will stand there like a wet poodle.
The poor sinner will stand there like a poor sinner.
The cow will stand before the new barn door like a cow before a new barn door.
The rooster on the dungheap will stand like a rooster on a dungheap.
 
AB
The felled tree will crash like a felled tree.
The maniac will fight like a maniac.
The cat will slink around the hot soup like a cat around hot soup.
The dogs will hide from the thunderstorm like dogs hiding from a thunderstorm.
 
The roaring lion will stalk about like a roaring lion.
The wildfire will spread like wildfire.
 
ABC
The hyenas will howl like hyenas.
The nightwatchman will yawn like a nightwatchman.
The conspirators will whisper like conspirators.
The reeds in the wind will rustle like reeds in the wind.
The ostrich will bury its head in the sand like an ostrich.
The grass widow will tremble like a grass widow.
The rat will sleep like a rat.
The dog will die like a dog.
 
ABCD
The shoe will fit like a shoe on a foot.
 
A
The plague will spread like the plague.
 
B
The rose will smell like a rose.
 
C
The swarm of bees will buzz like a swarm of bees.
 
D
Your shadow will follow you like a shadow.
 
A
The tomb will be silent like a tomb.
The monument will stand like a monument.
 
B
A man will rise up like a man.
The cliff will stand in the surf like a cliff in the surf.
 
C
The cloudburst will approach like a cloudburst.
The ants will bite like ants.
 
D
The tidal wave will swell like a tidal wave.
The flock of frightened sheep will scatter like a flock of frightened sheep.
 
A
The sand will run through your fingers like sand.
 
B
In the theater you will feel like a theatergoer.
 
C
One egg will resemble another as one egg another.
 
ABC
A scream will issue from the mouth of the crowd as out of one mouth.
 
D
The organ pipes will stand like organ pipes.
The trumpets of the Last Judgment will ring out like the trumpets of the Last Judgment.
The revelation will be like a revelation.
 
C
The mole will tunnel through the lawn like a mole.
 
B
The voice from another world will sound like a voice from another world.
 
A
The avalanche will hurtle like an avalanche.
Those who have lost their senses will behave like people who have lost their senses.
 
AB
The prophet will make faces like a prophet.
The angels will speak as with angels' tongues.
The moth will flutter to the light like a moth to the light.
The barn door will be open like a barn door.
 
ABC
The scales will fall from your eyes like scales falling from your eyes.
The foreign body will be spewed out like a foreign body.
The rats will leave the sinking ship like rats leaving a sinking ship.
God will step before mankind like God.
 
AB
The bear will sleep like a bear.
 
A
The wall will stand like a wall.
 
D
The cornfield will rustle like a cornfield.
 
DC
After the rain the mushrooms will mushroom like mushrooms after the rain.
 
DCB
The nutshell will rock on the water like a nutshell on the water.
 
DCBA
The migratory birds will flock like migratory birds.
Those who walk on a cloud will walk as if on a cloud.
Those who are struck by thunder will be like thunderstruck people.
Those who are in seventh heaven will feel as if they were in seventh heaven.
Those stung by a scorpion will leap up like those who are stung by a scorpion.
 
AD
Ebb and flood will alternate like ebb and flood.
The fish in the water will flit about like fish in the water.
Water and fire will be compatible like water and fire.
Day and night will be as different as day and night.
 
B
You will live in clover like someone living in clover.
 
C
The dream will seem to you like a dream.
 
B
Eternity will seem to you like an eternity.
 
ABCD
But the fish in the sea shall be plentiful like fish in the sea.
But the sand at the shore shall be plentiful like sand at the shore.
But the stars in the heavens shall be plentiful like stars in the heavens.
But the people on earth shall be plentiful like people on earth.
 
A
And the rabbits will multiply like rabbits.
 
B
And the germs will multiply like germs.
 
C
And the poor will multiply like the poor.
 
D
And a man like you and me will be a man like you and me.
 
A
Daily bread will be needed like daily bread.
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