By Lawrence Durrell
The best of Lawrence Durrell's vintage brief tales of diplomatic mischief
Dark is the day whilst tradition involves Sczbog. The capital of Vulgaria, nestled snugly at the back of the Iron Curtain, has lengthy been without larger concept, and that's the manner the lads within the British embassy love it. but if the French embassy provides a lecture on literature, it ignites a series response of undesirable cultural trade, subjecting the King's males to unending nights of Dutch poetry, jap theater, and Swiss yodeling. Extricating themselves from this high-minded mess will take a miracle of a so much unpolitic kind.
This is a standard incident within the lengthy and colourful occupation of Antrobus, diplomat in his Majesty's carrier. In those pages, he confronts waltzing ambassadors, half-mad press secretaries, and a grotesque Kurdish circumcision. via all of it, he and his males remain calm, realizing that the foremost approach to reason a diplomatic incident is to make the error of making an attempt international relations.
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BAAL You don't understand my soul. EKART Why don't we go lie in the water? BAAL My soul, brother, is the groaning of the wheat fields when they toss in the wind, and the gleam in the eyes of two insects that want to devour each other. EKART A July-crazed boy, with immortal guts-that's what you are. A dumpling that will some day leave grease spots on the sky! BAAL That's a lot of words. But it doesn't matter. EKART My body is as light as a tiny plum in the wind. BAAL The pale summer sky does that, brother.
Better to love than to enjoy. JOHANNES I can see how you win men's hearts, but how can you get anywhere with women? ( Emilie enters quickly) BAAL There she comes. Hello, Emilie. Johannes has brought his fiancee. Sit down! EMILIE How can you ask me to come to such a dive? -lt's j ust like you. BAAL Luise! A schnapps for the lady! EMILIE A re you trying to make me look ridiculous? BAAL No. Why shouldn't you have a drink ? It's only human. EMILIE But you're not human. BAAL How do you know? ( He holds out his glass to Luise) Not too stingy, young lady.
Teddy's schnapps, to celebrate Teddy's funeral! Fittin g and proper! Has anybody made a speech for Teddy yet! Wouldn't that be the right thing? BAAL I did. SEVERAL WOODCUTTERS BAAL J ust When ? now. Before you started talking big. It began with: Teddy has his rest . . You never notice anything until it's all over. -Let's get the sch napps! It's disgraceful. -And why, great Elephan t? It's Teddy's property . We've no right to break into that keg. Teddy has a wife and five poor orphans. A WOODCUTTER Four.
The Best of Antrobus: Tales of Diplomatic Misadventure by Lawrence Durrell