By Jean Racine
Du siège de Babylone, où il est parti combattre les Persans, le sultan Amurat ordonne à Roxane, l. a. favourite à qui il a confié les rênes du pouvoir, de mettre à mort Bajazet, frère dont il suspecte les goals. Mais Roxane aime Bajazet et entend faire de lui le nouveau sultan : s'il refuse de l'épouser, il périra. Avec Bajazet, Racine nous plonge au coeur des intrigues de sérail, lieu tragique d'une lutte à mort entre amour et pouvoir.
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M e g . Well, it would have been easier last week. g o l d b e r g . It would, eh? m e g . Yes. g o l d b e r g . Why? How many have you got here at the moment? m e g . Just one at the moment. GOLDBERG. Just One? m e g . Yes. Just one. Until you came. g o l d b e r g . And your husband, of course? m e g . Yes, but he sleeps with me. g o l d b e r g . What does he do, your husband? m e g . He’s a deck-chair attendant. g o l d b e r g . Oh, very nice, m e g . Yes, he’s out in all weathers. goldberg.
We’re booked out. Your room is taken. Mrs Boles forgot to tell you. You’ll have to find somewhere else. g o l d b e r g . Are you the manager here? ST AN LE Y. That’s right. g o l d b e r g . Is it a good game? St a n l e y . I run the house. I’m afraid you and your friend will have to find other accommodation. • GOLDBERG (rising). Oh, I forgot, I must congratulate you on your birthday. (Offering his hand) Congratulations. S t a n l e y (ignoring hand). Perhaps you’re deaf. g o l d b e r g . No, what makes you think that?
M c c a n n . Your cigarette is near that paper. St a n l e y Voicesfrom the back. Where the hell are they? ) Why don’t they come in? What are they doing out there? m c c a n n . You want to steady yourself. St a n l e y . St a n l e y St a n l e y crosses to him and grips his arm. (urgently). Look— THE B I R T H D A Y P A R T Y 52 Don’t touch me. S t a n l e y . Look. Listen a minute. m c c a n n . Let go my arm. S t a n l e y . Look. Sit down a minute. m c c a n n (savagely, hitting his arm).