PHOTOS of VENICE and FRANCE

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PRAECOR


-1-

The day hesitates to dawn, the sound of the alarm clock has pierced man's sleeping. He stumbles up, foggy minded. Usual gestures, deprived of consciousness. Now he is out; on his way, he bought the newspaper. He reads: ďNewspapers are citizen's voiceĒ, then moves off repeating: ďThat's true, it's written in the newspaper.Ē

 

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- The instructions of the Sales Manager are simple: the more customers we have, the more goods we sell, and the more commission we get.
- This sportsman doesnít sell anything, but what a bundle of cash he makes!
- Right: when he plays, everybody comes… and pays.
- Oh, I see! Iíll never become a doctor: there are many more healthy people than the ill.

 

-3-

- Always having fun while Iím working! When are you starting to earn your living?
- Iím not having fun, Dad, Iím…
- My boss wouldnít pay you for what you do. In the meanwhile, I have to support you!
- Itís not your boss who pays you, itís his customers.
- Whereís the difference? I deserve my money all the same.
- If his customers donít want your products any longer, do you force them to buy your products because you have to earn your wages?
- What are you expecting me to say? That weíll request for a grant or that Iíll only have unemployment benefits to pay me?
- Iím going out tonight. I am requesting for a grant.

 

-4-

- Always the question of cost efficiencies?
- Yes. Iíd like to propose an exchange to you; my brass worker likes only wood. I know that as regards yours, itís just the opposite.
- Thatís true…
- You donít look really convinced.
- Yes, I am; but Iím thinking of all the others. They only like vacation.

 

-5-

- How awful! Slaughter poor defenseless animals for the pleasure of having a coat!
- Youíre right; Iím really glad to produce food for dogs Ė I bring life, not death.
- Itís for you, on the second.
- What, you cannot deliver my whole tonnage? What the hell are you doing in your slaughterhouse?

 

-6-

- Maximum speed on roads needs to be lowered.
- I agree with you; nevertheless, itís continuously lowered, what can be done about it? Well, people canít be stopped from moving.
- Yes, but presently, there are too many dead; it is not reasonable.
- Please, Daddy…
- Iíve already told you that children do not interrupt… Well, what do you want?
- How much is it, a reasonable number of dead?

 

-7-

- Daddy, give me money, please.
- Iíll give it to you only if you get busy, instead of having fun.
- Iíve played tennis.
- Thatís it…
- I won the National Cup.
- Hugh! You must have told it in the first place. Very well, hereís your money; have a good fun.

 

-8-

- Our new seller has no morality: he criticizes our products.
- By force of routine: he has just been transferred. He was our best buyer.

 

-9-

- We canít take on somebody for this occasional task as we donít know whether it is profitable.
- Ask a volunteer; the ones who love something, you can do as you wish with them.

 

-10-

ďWhen you came to us, leaving the fulfilled life you had with yours, we were in complete destitution. Thanks to your dedication, your abnegation, you brought what permitted us to survive. Today, after so many years passed among us, you go back to your close friends who love you and with whom you can peacefully spend the rest of your life, as you have deserved it. We are not even so abandoned to destitution which remains our companion, another one will take over from you. We keep you the biggest recognition.Ē
- What a beautiful speech for the man who dedicated his life to them!
- Yes. But if he had given it to them, what would they have done with it?

 

-11-

- Did the general meeting go badly?
- On the contrary; indeed, debates were delicate, but we succeeded in defining our plan of action for the next year.
- There are good certainties for the future.
- In the short term, anyway; at the next general meeting weíll see whether we are in the right direction or have to change our main lines.
- You look worried, donít you?
- Oh! Itís my son. At high school, he is asked what he wants to study; he cannot even decide what job to do in the future.

 

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- Without him, I donít know what would have become of me; I was driven to despair. He gave me back confidence, and desire to live. Iíve never been so pugnacious with my customers as I am now.
- Why do they call him ďThe DreamerĒ?
- He never does a thing; he hangs around from pillar to post, and discusses with everybody.
- Doesnít he work?
- No. What a pity not to look for a job, that would take him out of the destitution he is living in!

 

-13-

- I donít understand skiers: it takes ages for them to climb up there Ė and not so long ago, they climbed even by foot, without sparing their efforts! All that fuss for getting back down, into the same place, within two minutes.
- You donít understand a thing. The exhilaration of speed, itís an irreplaceable pleasure.
- Iíll never be able to understand it.
- Sure you will; youíll make it, with some patience. As we are told, a city wasnít built in a day Ė not even in a year, besides.
- And is it for the exhilaration that they destroy it within two minutes?

 

-14-

- People get more and more selfish!
- How not to? Law forbids them to have friends.
- Are you joking?
- Just try to give a friend something of great value.
- Itís not forbidden.
- No, but itís the state that seizes the largest part of it. How encouraging, isnít it!

 

-15-

Daytime was cold but sunny; I came to the cemetery where my mother lies. They were burying someone. Nobody was there. Curiosity made me ask the keeper.
- He was a courageous man, he said. His parents were no more alive, his wife died a year ago. He has always worried about the others, never about himself.
- Was he old?
- No, not even thirty years.
- An accident?
- If we can say so. He threw himself into icy water in order to save an unknown man shouting for help.
- He had children?
- Yes, one of two years and another of three years, whom he was bringing up alone. I am sure he is watching over them from up there.

 

-16-

- You hit the wrong note!
- Yes, Iím going to start again. You know, I canít fix my attention permanently.
- Itís natural, this sonata lasts twenty long minutes.
- Already three oíclock! I must go; I have six hundred kilometers to drive.
- Be careful when driving.

 

-17-

- Coincidence?
- Conjuncture, rather.
- Everybody is rushing at our equipment.
- Yes. What an opportunity to have among us the man who conceived it!
- It couldnít happen on a better moment; our company is saved!
- A statue might be erected to the conjuncture!

 

-18-

- Donít go too near of the edge!
- Your little boy is not good?
- Yes, he is, but I always have to watch him, he is so lively.
- Do we cross the street? The light has just gone red.
- Please, stay on the crosswalk!
- Careful, the car is coming a bit fast; your son…
- The driver has to be careful. We have right of way.

 

-19-

- He is a real creator! Who before him could have imagined the harmony of such music? It is as if coming from an outer universe!
- Yes, thatís true, Iím amazed. What a good professor he might have had!

 

-20-

- Is the Chairmanís conference beginning soon?
- Five minutes. Did you have a good time on holidays?
- Very good; I love trips. If I could, Iíd spend my life on trips!
- Iím more home loving. I love to decorate my home; I think it is the most important thing of all.
- You are like George…
- No, he is just fond of aesthetics Ė he is an artist. You know, he regrets so much not to have the opportunity to dedicate himself to sculpture…
- By the way, he is late, George.
- No, there he comes with John.
- Ah, John! He is only interested in cars.
- Shut up, the Chairman is going to speak…
- Gentlemen, I know how dedicated and passionate you are about our company…

 

-21-

- See you tonight, Chloe! You canít imagine how much Iíd like to stay home instead of getting bored with my terminal…
- You all men are truly the same Ė lazy guys! Fortunately, we women love our work; we have fought to leave home and children in order to spend daytime with our word processing!

 

-22-

- You know, Shirley, the unemployment comes from the fact that there are more workers than work…
- Well, John, I quit my job and I take care of you and the children, at home!
- Thatís really a womanís idea! And whoís going to pay you?
- Well, the unemployment benefit!
- Youíre joking! This money is for the unemployed people. You donít think they are going to pay you for lounging around at home!

 

-23-

- What I like the best, in this western? Thatís pathetically stupid, see, itís the farmer.
- Oh, yes! What a hero! He put to flight the horse thieves…
- No, no, thatís not… Well, yes Ė thatís a very good thing. In fact, I was pondering on his farm he built almost by himself, with his sonsí help. You see, building oneís home in order to permit oneís family to live in happily… Iím afraid you hardly understand what I mean…
- Hey! of course I understand what you mean. You know perfectly well that I am a laborer in the building industry.

 

-24-

- What a triumph, this reception at the Big Library! You must be proud, you the Librarian!
- Yes, thatís something to be proud of. Did you notice the guests? A Minister, an Ambassador, a President, the Dean of the Professorsí Literature team, the Director of the University…
- Excuse me, Sir…
- Donít you see itís closed?
- Yes, I did; but, Iím writing a book…
- Come another day; youíre disturbing us, indeed.

 

-25-

- Are you coming with us tomorrow? We are going to Johnís, he is fascinating; heís really one of the best electronics professors. Heíll explain to us the very last broadcasting technology.
- With pleasure. By the way, it reminds me that I have to get my TV fixed.
- Bring it along, John simply adores fixing TVs; heíll fix it in a minute.
- Yes, but you know, my repairer is a pro.
- Heíll ask you more money than John will do!
- Itís only right: a repairer is a specialist.

 

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- How is your family?
- Thanks, theyíre all right.
- How old is your son now?
- Sixteen.
- Is he good at school?
- Not so good; he just wants to have fun.
- Youíre not strict enough; I said to sonny that if he wouldnít work on it, I would not allow him…
- You were absolutely right! Then, has he been successful?
- Yes, heís got a very professional level; heís playing as part of the football team…

 

-27-

- Heís really gone too far! He believes that telling me Iím pretty will be enough for me to… well, you understand what he wants.
- Oh, yes, you and your morality!
- I was taught to be a responsible girl.
- Being responsible is old fogy.
- Thatís a good way to detect true feelings.
- You are completely outdated, indeed; women have rights nowadays. Just be aware that today you are free to do what men want.

 

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- Still playing instead of learning!
- Yes, I need money.
- And you expect that playing will make you earn money? Are you joking?
- Iíve just read in the newspaper that the hockey team ďplayed voluntarilyĒ Ė it was for a good deed; that obviously means they used to be given money to play.

 

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- So Junior died...
- Yes; another treatment should have been undertaken, but it was far too expensive.
- I was told his father was a great champion.
- One among the greatest, yes. His last match could have yielded for him a real fortune with publicity.
- I know; he lost the match.
- He admitted errors the referee hadnít noticed.
- For sure?
- Yes. In such cases he used to say: ďItís only a game.Ē

 

-30-

- Everybody has rights, indeed; nevertheless there is a limit. A man could not starve in order to feed a dog.
- In any case a dog will never give its food. As of it, it has exactly as many rights as everybody else.

 

-31-

- Cecilia! Youíve cried once more! Youíre not going to spend all your time in despair because Marcus is no more coming to see you! Youíd better practice your gym competition!
- Iím not going, Mom…
- What, youíre not going! At 14, it should be clear to you that itís time to take things seriously. I am sure you can win!
- Well, go on, you…
- Very funny! Really, at the age of thirty, you think I still have your capacities?
- You are a prima ballerina.
- Yes, but dancing is not the same thing. The technique is not the only matter. You have to express feelings; I show joy, love, and sadness. Youíll understand when you get mature.

 

-32-

- Itís annoying, about your recital, if you donít feel a thing with the sonata you are going to play.
- It doesnít matter; the important is not the feelings I feel, but the ones I show.
- Yes…
- What are you thinking about?
- Yes… I had never understood why Isabelle, who was so much in love with you, never wanted to marry you.

 

-33-

- So, how did you manage with the dummy guy you were preparing for his exam?
- He succeeded.
- Bravo! Iím happy for you; you deserved the money you earned.
- Speaking of money, he got some financial trouble, and couldnít pay me back.
- What an affair! You got to do something about it. The other day, a customer of mine bought a ring from me on credit and didnít pay me back either. I did what had to be done, and I got my ring back. You ought to do like me.

 

-34-

- Itís a disaster. When passing this sport on TV, the audience is zero, international scores are appalling, and our country is the laughing stock of the whole world.
- Cut it out, all the young do practice that sport. They are happy and itís particularly good for their health.
- Explain that to the advertisers.

 

-35-

- In Europe, living is getting harder and harder; unemployment, the decrease of the increase of purchasing power…
- Thatís true; itís impossible to satisfy any desire; we are going to end up having nothing more than the poor countries.
- Well then, letís be like them! Letís be content with reasonable things.
- You know, here as well as over there, everybody wants the same things; a kid will ever ask: ďMom, what are we having for dinner?Ē

 

-36-

- Our country is on the road to ruin!
- People have no more money?
- Donít exaggerate on purpose! They get more and more. They never stop storing up. Deposit accounts are overflowing. They no longer know what to do!
- And… what should be…
- Spend, of course! Spend! Stocks are overabundant. What do you think could be done with those goods? They must be consumed.
- You cannot eat more than what you can.
- So, let them be thrown away! People must produce new goods.
- What for, as they are already too many?
- And how do you expect to put them on work, then?

 

-37-

- You got an excellent diploma, and your teachersí judgment is very good. I congratulate you for having studied in this technical school of leather. I hope you will enjoy our company.
- Thank you. My parents will be quite satisfied. They just helped me a lot during my studies. I wasnít always brave and preferred to play around with a ball instead of going to school. Fortunately, my father was strict with me, and forbade me to play, pretending I had to study seriously in order to get a good place in society, and be well regarded. What is my job?
- Well, we produce soccer balls…

 

-38-

- We have nothing more to eat. We must leave Africa and go to Europe.
- Impossible. Europe is undergoing a serious economical crisis.
- Including this land the newspaper was talking about?
- Alas! It is the most affected one. Its inhabitants will soon have twice as money in their reserves; they call it savings.
- Twice as money? They are twice as rich then?
- Unfortunately yes!

 

-39-

- Another ranking of companies?
- No, this institute classifies countries, according to economic criteria.
- Ah, all those people self-proclaiming relevant are very irrelevant! Itís up to the IMF to make such analyses.
- Yes, indeed, the IMF is recognized by many more people; although it could be said, if being nasty, that all those who recognize it, also self-proclaim themselves able to recognize the IMF.
- Donít be delirious, please. All these people amount a very large number of people.
- And what is this number?
- You are impossible! In any case, they are relevant people indeed.

 

-40-

- Brave, brilliant, this famous trainer?
- Rather childish; more than 20 years old and still playing with a ball…

 

-41-

- This trip through your small town was surprising to me. I canít understand it. Why are you ever driving 100 miles for walking in a garden just like this one in the end?
- Iím certainly not going for a walk just out the front door!

 

-42-

- Lazing once more!
- Donít be unfair to me. Iím watching TV.
- Watching TV, as usual!
- No; yesterday I was reading, sometimes Iím dreaming...
- Well, do something! Man must work, produce.
- There is just nothing more we need.
- Yes, I know. Hey, take this hammer, break something! Crockery, whatever a thing, a vase.
- Are you joking?...
- No, absolutely not. That way, one would have to make them anew.
- Even if I break them, I wonít make them anew...
- Naturally, you lazy boy; a man fully aware of his duty could certainly be found out...

 

-43-

- Sorry, my hairdresser has held me up a bit.
- They are so garrulous!
- Iíve learnt plenty of things on family companies.
- Itís interesting, particularly because there are a large number of them in Europe. What have you learnt?
- Here we are. These companies have ups and downs; but they can possibly cope. Their members are very close, they seem to be part of a family; that gives them an advantage, but in order to avoid any danger, foreigners would have to be part of their company. In this case it has to be pointed out that their company will not be a family anymore. Their employees know the boss while in a company without a boss, the employees do not know him. These companies own money, but if they miss some, they have to look for it somewhere else. The biggest defect of such companies is that they consist of family members.
- You are making fun of me, your hairdresser talks nonsense!
- Itís not my hairdresser, itís a book from a Harvard Doctor, a Professor at HEC and in Lausanne, and from a researcher of the University of Lausanne; they published a work in 1996 entitled The Government of the Family Company. They spent two years performing the research.
- Couldnít you tell it before! Can you lend me this book? I like educating myself in economics. They are known to be very strong at Harvard University.

 

-44-

- Do you remember, when we were living in a cave, millenniums ago? Our children were anguished at watching me fighting against a ferocious animal. They knew that if I were killed…
- What kind of memories you have!
- Do you remember, when we were living in a village, centuries ago? Our children were anguished at watching me fighting against a ferocious enemy. They knew…
- OK, OK, donít repeat the same thing over and over!
- Look at our children now; here, in front of us. They are anguished at watching their soccer team fighting against…

 

-45-

- This is a good man who has all the skills required for our nation! He is a master, tenacious, skilful, always striving for perfection.
- A violinist, a surgeon rather?
- No, he turns somersaults.
- You are making fun of me, arenít you?
- Absolutely not: he is a Champion in Gymnastics, newspaper said.

 

-46-

- Coming back from Salzburg?
- Yes, what a beautiful spot! Seldom have I found a more inspiring one.
- I imagine it is not because of the spot…
- No, of course not. But what a great meeting with this visionary…!
- Yes, I can understand. Mozart…
- Mozart?
- Well, yes…
- I am speaking of the director.

 

-47-

- So you ended up buying that big car? You ruined yourself!
- Yes, but I cared for her. Right, you know, she deserves an effort that pays you off.
- You are right; quality has to be paid for. By the way, this year, are you going to the Festival…
- Youíre joking?
- What do you mean? An aficionado of culture as you are?
- At such a price?

 

-48-

- Do you realize? The three last Mozart symphonies, might be the most beautiful, have never been played in his lifetime! Mozart didnít even hear them. How lucky we are that they havenít been lost!
- Did he ask the authorities whether his works deserved to be subsidized in order to survive?

 

-49-

- You are looking down in the mouth!
- Well, you know, my business…
- You have just combed through your operating account?
- Welcome to the real world! More and more taxes: I doubled my profit.
- Doubled! Everythingís fine, then!
- Letís talk about it! I also doubled my taxes; so, what do I get out of it? Moreover, money has got to be found out, to pay all these taxes. Times are getting harder and harder.

 

-50-

- My turnover is very low.
- Arenít you exploring?
- All I ever do is exploring, every day; if only customers would come along by themselves!
- It would be magnificent! Moreover, you must be lucky enough to unearth them; you get in touch with a company and you donít absolutely know whether it will be a good customer or not.
- Fully right! Recently, I had four appointments I waited nothing for. And, whatís more, I fell on a guy who wanted to speak about philosophy; listen to him was the last thing for me to do!

 

-51-

- A new director is in charge at the Cantonal Museum of Photography.
- Where have you read it?
- In the Journal de Genève of the 8th of September 1995; he is going… well, listen: ď… maintain and develop the influence of photographers in Switzerland and abroad.Ē
- Is there an article? Let me see, Iíd like to read it.
- All right, here it is.
- Whoa! Heís a ďbig nameĒ, according to the ďValdese political advisorĒ. Sure, people for such things must be important. But… how could you read…?
- Whatís the matter?
- It is written : ďinfluence of the MuseumĒ, and not…
- Isnít it the same?

 

-52-

- Still sleeping! We are going to be late for school.
- I have never been greedy to get up early in the morning. Iíve had a beautiful dream this night. I had saved the life of a fairy chased by a magician. To thank me, she said, ďIn order to remember me, youíll be given an hour more to live, every year, when cold times come, and day fades into night.Ē I said to myself, ďHow lucky! Every year Iíll be able to sleep one hour more!Ē

 

-53-

- Another tremendous tragedy yesterday!
- Yes, a thousand dead.
- What do you mean, a thousand dead?
- Well, the typhoon…
- Please, if itís on purpose… An important personality…
- Yes, I know. And his disappearance may have strong repercussions…
- What is revolting is that heís been murdered. Itís sad, of course, for those you died by the typhoon, nevertheless no one murdered them voluntarily.
- You mean there were given all the means to get safe.

 

-54-

- We saw a land on the brink of disaster. People were wandering about large premises especially built up to give them assistance. Tons of goods, food, and various things had been piled up and were being looked at by distraught people. Out of necessity they were standing in queues of infinite length. Having obtained their part, they presented a piece of paper - doubtless a voucher, I badly saw because of the crowd - to an employee who gave them some money. Then they went out with a kind of documentary evidence on which I could read, ďthe Supermarket thanks you for your visitĒ…

 

-55-

- Thatís a bit of luck, Spain has been knocked out of the Mundial! Otherwise theyíd have been slaughtered.
- Are the French so good?
- Donít know. But during the match against Paraguay, I heard spectators accuse the adversaries of murder and demand arms to be taken to make them bleed.
- Have you got insane?
- No. They were singing La Marseillaise.

 

-56-

- Hurry! Quick! Someoneís entering the house!
The man rushed out. It is dark over there. The moon lightens the lonely city. A cross road. Nothing coming forth. Oh, a red traffic light! He waits, impatient. Finally, there he is, at his beloved girlís. He has got the key, he dashes into the house. A gunfire. Too late.

 

-57-

- Is that really the point of your business? Donít waste your time on such poor things…
- Iíve been told to do so by my teacher, Dad!
- Well, Iím no longer disturbing you, but please, try to do it diligently!

 

-58-

- What you are doing looks pretty tough to me, Antony! At least, I hope you are using it for something?
- No, itís only for joking!
- What a brave boy! If only you were paid for that…
- Oh, but I am paid… 10,000!
- Oh perfect!… Now I understand better.
- Of course!
- Oh, and you, Mark, what you are doing doesnít look easier… Is it for joking too?
- Yes, but I am paid too; 10,000!
- Well, in that case, you have really managed very well! And who is paying both of you?
- He is paying me, and I am paying him!
- Are you making fun of me?
Both of them:
- Yes!

 

-59-

- Dad, what is a crisis?
- It occurs when a country has big financial problems; for example, they werenít careful enough, so they spent too much money.
- Is it serious?
- Of course; the country gets poorer and poorer, and the inhabitants cannot have the means of living anymore.
- Oh, I see! And thatís the reason why they are given money?
- Of course; the friendly countries must help them.
- So, when you are poor, you just need to ask money… I have no more pocket money for this week…
- What, at the beginning of the week! You ought to manage your money a little better!
- You must give me money, Dad; I am in crisis!

 

-60-

- Sir, did you give me such a bad mark just because my homework was off topic?
- Naturally.
- Was my writing bad too?
- Your writing was excellent. Nevertheless, itís not the matter; you are supposed to deal with the subject I give you, not with another.
- Wasnít I speaking of the war, as you asked for?
- I asked for the dates of the battles, and what army won each battle; you explained the reasons of the war, and its consequences Ė economical, political… oh, yes! human consequences. It had absolutely nothing to do with the proposed subject of study.

 

-61-

- I forgot to set right my watch on British Summer Time; I was nearly late for school!
- Serves you right! So maybe youíll understand itís no use protesting against time change!
- British Summer Time made me get a bad report.
- What do you mean?
- The teacher asked at what time the sun was the highest; I answered two oíclock and six minutes.
- I see, there are two hours more than solar time; you must have answered two oíclock.
- No, the teacher said noon.
- I see… but, incidentally, why six minutes?
- The nutation.
- The… what?
- The nutation; itís another difference. We are at Brest, and today is the first of June.
- What kind of difference is it? Whoís going to know that?
- That was the teacherís lesson three months ago.

 

-62-

- This board is decayed! What do you expect I could do with it?
- Keep it for the day youíll be sinking.

 

-63-

- Why do you always write novels without any action?
- What do you mean, without any action?
- Well, I mean, which are not realistic; all your characters are kind, there isnít even one nasty guy among them.
- Whatís the problem?
- You write things that never occur in oneís lifetime, it is not normal.
- I write a facet of life.
- Come on, shut up! Youíd better write a good old detective novel; at least, normal things happen in there. Consider Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot.
- Poirot? Sure, each time he visits someone, he finds a corpse. It happens to anybody.

 

-64-

Listened on holiday.

The rich man to the creator:
- Thieves have no need of men, but of their material goods.
The creator to the rich man:
- Thieves have no need of men, but of the goods from their minds.
Both in chorus:
- Stealing is much more interesting if you murder them, that way you get sure, whatever may be, that you owe them nothing.

 

-65-

At the High School of Art.
In the classroom.

The teacher:
- … the art of this people was fully flourishing between the 18th and the 11th B.C. With the emergence of a new dynasty, began a period of decline, which lasted until the third century A.D. The grace of the potteries, the harmony of the decoration became a cold, a dry soulless imitation...

At the Big Museum of Art.

In a showroom of potteries dating the fifth century B.C. shaped by the people that has just been mentioned.
An art lover, who has come for a cultural journey, addressing another visitor:
- I do not regret my journey. Works of such an antique art! They are extraordinary! It was absolutely necessary to see them. The people of these antique times were real artists!...

 

-66-

- Have you read…
- No, itís not still available in bookshops.
- You can find it on the Internet.
- On the Internet! I am a human, not a machine!
- What do you mean?
- A book is alive. The paper is sensitive. I can feel its caress with my hand. The ink lightens. The cover decorates it. And the smell… perceptible since you enter an old bookshop.
- If Iíve got it, when you enter an old bookshop, you give a sniff, you go where the smell is the most pregnant, you buy whatever you are looking at, and maybe you read the book.

 

-67-

- I canít read books but on paper. I refuse to read them on a screen. Moreover, paper has to be pleasant for me, otherwise I canít read on it.
- All in all, you buy paper, which is pleasant for you. I can deliver you a ream, if you like.

 

-68-

- Why do you listen to music?
- I like it.
- Why?
- I donít know.

- Why do you go out for a walk?
- I like it.
- Why?
- I donít know.

- Why do you eat?
- I need it for living.
- Why do you live?
- I donít know.

 

-69-

- The dinner was delicious, thatís really gourmet cooking! Ah! Culinary delights…
- Yes, we all of us are persons of good taste, who appreciate gourmet cooking.
- You are so right! When we were poor, we contented ourselves with anything.

 

-70-

- Well, did you go to this world conference on the poor countries?
- Yes, yes, I returned the last week.
- Why did you all go so far away?
- Oh, it allows you to meet people from an unknown country!
- How did the conference go?
- Very very well! Moreover, we had a banquet… a real gourmet cooking!
- Ah, you brought along your staff with you?
- Oh, only the cooks! For those serving the meal, we took on people from the country.
- Ah?...
- Yes, by the way, we gave work to the people of the country; they hardly have to eat over there.

 

-71-

- Iíve written a paper on the instinct of self-preservation.
- The one consisting in the preservation of oneís own rights?
- I am not joking! The point is to preserve oneís life, it is no laughing matter. Listen instead:
(Reading.)
A big tire squeal, a violent toot a few meters away from a woman, who was pushing in front of her a baby carriage on the passage reserved for the pedestrians.
- You crazy! the mother shouts.
- It was very careless of you not even to look at whether a car was arriving!
- I had the right to cross! It belonged to you to stop!
- And if, unfortunately, I had killed your baby?
- Well then? You would have been in the wrong!

 

-72-

It is Sunday. A father and his son are walking along near a school. Its door is closed. A car passes the red light in front of the school.
- He is crazy! declares the son; and what if a pupil was crossing…!
- No danger, there is nobody all around, as you can see.
- You always have to stop at the red light, Iíve been told at school.
- And what if the light was green and a pupil was crossing…?
- Ah, in such a case, the carís driver would be within his rights!
- Were you also told that at school?

 

-73-

- You know Mom, I did without holidays in order to offer you a wheelchair.
- Oh, yes, you know, you did it only to please yourself.
- You are right. All Iíve got left is to thank you for giving me the chance of depriving me of holidays.

 

-74-

- Hello! Are you coming to see my son?
- Yes, we have to revise a history lesson together.
- Unfortunately he is punished; you can't see him.
- Oh, what a pity! Whatís the matter?
- He is staying home all Sunday in order to study his math instead of playing with a ball.
- Oh, indeed, itís not right of him! If he goes on that way, he will never enter a major soccer team!

 

-75-

- John is angry with me and canít stand me anymore.
- What has he got against you?
- His mother had a cerebrovascular accident. As I couldnít contact John, I asked after her mother at the hospital the following day.
- You were right! Otherwise, he could have thought you werenít interested in the least in the deep misfortune which was touching him.
- He told me that I was tactless, and that he didnít want to see me again!
- What? Ah yes, it's true! In their family, it is not as in ours... You didn't know them for a very long time, you couldnít be aware of it.
- It's a pity; I thought I had a friend...

 

-76-

- Everybody explains to me how to behave well, and how not to behave badly; my parents, my teachers, the law itself, the local grocer…
- No, please, the philosophy lesson is just over, letís talk of something else.
- Thatís it! You too are going to tell me what I must say.
- And that will allow you to say that everybody…
- Yes, old man, everyone has a different opinion!
- Well, decide by yourself to do what you think is good or evil!
- I often wondered what I thought of it; I never could answer me.
- Nevertheless the answer is simple; when you play tennis with me, if you win…
- Oh, yes! I know, I behaved badly!
- Come on, get your racket! I gonna try to behave badly!

 

-77-

- I cannot use the landline telephone anymore!
- Is it broken down?
- You can say so.
- How so?
- As soon as I get close to it, it tells me that it is busy.
- Call the complaints.
- Oh, I often did it!
- What did they answer you?
- Iím hanging up in one minute, Dad!
- I see; your daughter is stuck on the phone.
- Absolutely!
- Buy her a mobile.
- Iíve thought about it many times, but my brother-in-law advised me against it.
- How so?
- Sheíll be stuck on the phone.
- I think sheís already stuck, isnít she?
- She is eight years old.
- I am aware of it.
- He says that I wonít know what she is talking about, nor to whom.
- You donít even know what she is talking about, nor to whom when she is outside.
- You are right.
A few days later.
- What about this mobile?
- It's done!
- What has your brother-in-law said?
- He asked me if I had bought a mobile for the cat too.
- Very funny! What did you answer him?
- Yes; I told him that the cat was not a trouble, because it only phoned on the landline telephone when we were sleeping!

 

-78-

- Is it your new partner?
- Yes; his name is Moreno, Louis, Paul.
- Do you know him well?
- Oh yes, very well!
- How is he?
- Today, he is thirty five years, six months and three days old; I do not know at what time he was born.
- Too bad!
- He is a specialist of construction of two floors houses with a single slope roof.
- Itís wonderful!
- He is married; he has two children, one of three years, and the other one of two.
- It is very interesting!
- He is Spanish, but he chose the French nationality, as he was born in this country.
- He is OK!
- He hopes that his favorite soccer team will win the championship this year.
- What a perfect man!
- Yes, but in compensation he is afraid that his favorite soccer team will not win the championship this year.
- The poor old man!
- He likes collecting postage stamps very much.
- What excellent information! You, at least, do not talk simply for the sake of talking!
- Thank you! Naturally, I have other information, but you know, you cannot tell all the things in one go. At your disposal if you want to know more about it!
- It is evident.
- Do you think I can trust him?
- Of course! Since you know him so profoundly well, you can trust him with absolute confidence!

 

-79-

- I am sorry, Sir; I couldnít do my physics homework!
- Why not?
- Our French teacher gave us a very interesting essay on a subject I like particularly.
- Even so, you werenít exempted of your physics homework.
- I tried to do a well documented study; and I spent much time looking for…
- Then time fails to do the homework I gave you.
- Exactly, Sir.
- That reveals your negligence.
- But my study wouldnít have been complete…
- You donít have to choose the subjects you like; you are supposed to do the homework you are given by all your teachers. You are not at school to undertake studies!

 

-80-

- Why are innocents to be punished when somebody is guilty of a fault?
- What are you talking about? Itís the culprits who are punished, not the innocents! If somebody is guilty of a fault, it is they who will be punished!
- Of course, youíre right, they will be punished, but innocents will be punished as well!
- Could you be so extremely kind to explain clearly, just in case it were possible for you, naturally, what you intend to say?
- For example, if the culprit has a friend, the friend will be punished.
- Well, I suppose that the friend has taken an active part in the fault?
- Absolutely not.
- I imagine both friends were together?
- Absolutely not.
- All right, I summoned up my patience!
- The fault committed by one of them occurred the day before, during a match with somebody else.
- I still fail to see.
- He was forbidden to play the following match, the one I am speaking of, thus the friend was deprived of playing the doubles championship with him.
- All right, certainly, it is true; but the friend knew the rules of the game when joining together with his friend, he shared with him all the risks. If the tire of a car bursts, the other tires cannot continue running anymore. All these guys mustnít have joined together! Besides, itís not too serious, they will play another championship some day.
- I completely agree with you. Just a remark, however; if a man is sentenced in justice, the other tires are his family...

 

-81-

- What did you do last Sunday?
- Nothing. I went to friends coming back from a long stay abroad.
- Then, why have you said, "Nothing"?
- Iíve said…? It's true, it is what Iíve said... I donít know why Iíve said that!
- Maybe you were bored?
- On the contrary! We had a very nice day, quiet, without clashes, talking of what was going through our minds...
- They talked about what they had done, about the places where they had been?
- Almost not...
- Indeed?
- I think that we rather spoke about the pleasure of meeting us again, the impressions... I think that the dryness of facts, of actions would have embarrassed us.
- I understand. You know, I am thinking of the novels we are used to reading. Often, not always, of course, I feel that impressions embarrass actions.
- Maybe the author did not make friends with his characters.

 

-82-

- The house next to yours looks like a real watchtower; every time I come to see you, the corner of a curtain lifts up!
- Ah, yes, itís my neighbor! She is rather old, and does not often go out. Then, she likes to observe all what takes place on the square, who comes in, who goes out, who goes to the butcher's...
- What an odd curiosity! It must be annoying to the inhabitants.
- We are used to it; for such a long time...
- What on earth can she do with such observations?
- I imagine that she talks about them to her friends, the ones who are not happy enough to live in a place where a crowd of people passes by, like here.
- She must really have nothing to do... What does she meddle in?
- And your journey in China, how was it?
- Perfect! I observed people, their customs, their activities, it was absolutely fascinating!
- Does your book come out soon?
- I have still to review my notes of the journey. I hope the public will like it!
- No shadow of a doubt! You have already published other novels of the same kind with a complete success.

 

-83-

- What a face!
- Itís terrible! You remember the house I wanted to buy?
- Very well. It was located in the open country, where you intended to retire in peace.
- Exactly.
- Well then, did you eventually buy it?
- If only!
- Donít you like it anymore?
- More than ever!
- So?
- I canít even manage to see it anymore.
- Your glasses?
- Donít joke! It was built with beautiful old stones of beautiful shades of grey; they have been covered with a fire-new roughcast, a yellow color for scaring off cows!
- Donít make me laugh! You didnít want to invite cows at the opening of your house, I suppose?
- Why not? In any case, I can only invite the city lovers now.
- In the open countryside?
- In the open countryside. Well, on a half-hectare around my house.
- And the remaining ground?
- One thousand two hundred hectares of houses around mine.
- One thousand... I understand; houses have been built all around.
- Oh! How did you reach such a conclusion?
- They told you sales talks?
- Not at all! They told me, ďIt will be quiet, far from the big cities!Ē It's true, all the inhabitants work far away, and there is absolutely nobody, everything is empty during the day.
- And the evening?
- They sleep.

 

-84-

[To be translated.]

 

-85-

- It is a real work of art! If only you had seen the changement de pied in full flight!
- And what suppleness! What lightness!
- Ah, those artists, how they deserve to be paid a high price!
- Ah, a deep pleasure for mind!...
- Radiant poetry!...
- Incidentally, you are talking of Julie, arenít you?
- Julie? What do you mean, Julie?
- Why, it was not…?
- Not at all, itís Albert...
- Albert?...
- Yes! Of course itís Bertie! The center-forward...
- But what are you talking about?
- But… the soccer match of yesterday.
- Oh!...
- And you?
- The ballet I saw yesterday.

 

-86-

- Dear viewers! Several works upon the relationships between Rome and the countries of the Mediterranean Basin at the time of the Empire have emerged recently, and raised the interest, not only of scholars, but also of the general public. This evening, for this live program, we have gathered the best specialists of the question, a question which in the past have caused a lot of ink to flow, and of which years of discussion could not exhaust the subject.
Addressing the specialists:
- Dear Sirs, according to the numerous mails our departments have received, the public expressed his impatience to listen to such competent specialists as you are. Thus, each of you is invited to expose his point of view. Given the air time granted to us, each of you will have three minutes for their paper.

 

-87-

- When is your neighbor coming back?
- Probably on Saturday.
- Has he left once more to take care of his poor?
- Yes, as every year, for a week.
- An excellent excuse to travel on the ends of the earth, all inclusive!
- He goes in the field in order to bring the poor what they need.
- A week every year in the field, donít make me laugh! Really reliable people give all the time they have to what they do. Look at Julian; he is in the field every day, all year long.
- Yes, youíre right, but…
- You can be sure that what he does is well done! Did you see the goal he scored in yesterday soccer match? A historical goal!

 

-88-

- We want to get married.
- You are very young.
- Our parents agree with us.
- Yes… yes…
- What form do we have to fill up?
- How old are you, Miss?
- Thirteen, Sir; we found out about it that, since the age of thirteen, I am allowed to get married.
- Hm, I see…
- Then, what do we have to do?
- Well…
- Please, Sir?
- Well…
- Please, Sir?
- Well… You must have come yesterday…
- Why, is the office closed? We can come back again tomorrow.
- Tomorrow…
- Or any other day; not too far ahead… We want so much to get married… we love each other… really.
Another employee came up. He is older, and looks like the head of the office:
- I am sorry, Miss, the law concerning the age of getting married has changed since this morning. Youíll have to wait some time.
- How much time, Sir?
- The age has been fixed at eighteen… youíll have to wait for five years.

 

-89-

- Why have I to owe anything to my parents? They never did a thing for me, moreover they got rid of me abandoning me when I was born, I donít even know who they are. I have managed my life all alone, and some people have helped me to become who I am. It is thanks to them and me that I am fully happy now.
- Without your parents, you would never have existed.
- You are right, I wasnít aware of it.
- Mind the publishers, the libraries, the exhibitions; they do very important things…
- It is true too; nevertheless, as you would have said, without the authors…

 

-90-

- Now we are mellow people; it is time for us to enjoy life. My little factory of parts of armament is going smoothly...
- You make bayonets; why also knives?
- For close combat, of course! What a question!
- You know I am always asking me questions.
- Yes, all of them as bizarre as possible; why does the Moon turn around the Earth...
- Youíre right! Why clouds go here and there, why flowers exist, why we make babies...
- Oh, for the babies, somebody has to use the weapons I produce!

 

-91-

- You didnít come last Sunday, did you?
- I spent the day selling.
- Selling! Are you a seller now? You have earned plenty of money, I hope?
- Yes, but it isnít for me.
- If I know you, it was a rummage sale?
- Yes; the poor lack of so many things…
- Itís true; itís very honorable to come to the aid of the poor.
- Yes, yes, you are right both of you. But I know a painter who has not enough money to buy colors…
- Your painter must not be very famous!
- He might be so one day, it has already happened, hasnít it?
- Look! If we were to come to aid to all the artists, there would be plenty of them to be aided, donít you think so?
- Moreover, how to choose the ones who deserve it?
- You are right again both of you. There are a lot of fewer poor than artists in need. Moreover, itís much easier to choose the poor who deserve it.

 

-92-

- Hello, cousin! Back from the countryside?
- As you can see, Iíve just arrived in Paris!
- Happy to see you again! How's high school going?
- The same daily round! What about you, you changed institution?
- Yes.
- Do you enjoy it?
- Yes!
- Pals?
- Friendly! And a strange guy.
- How so?
- He spends all his time sleeping...
- A dunce?
- Not at all! Top in math and physics... in a nutshell, good at everything!
- He must be the kind of guy who works without being known.
- Itís obvious. But that is not the reason why he is strange. From time to time, he wakes up and makes a big statement about what we must do.
- You mean about math, for instance.
- Not at all! About moral philosophy.
- Indeed? About philosophy? Is he good?
- He gets good marks. Nevertheless, according to what the teacher says at school, he writes very common things… much culture…
- Then?
- Then? When he speaks to us, he tells us that we must do all what he orders, otherwise, weíve got to get a lot of tragedy.
- He orders you?
- Well, itís what he pretends. But as he immediately falls asleep and doesnít take care of us anymore…
- Itís curious… And what kind of orders does he give you?
- Generally, truisms, everyone knows and agrees with, more or less.
- So it is not very difficult to obey him.
- No, yet there is a condition; you must tell him that you do it only because he ordered us to do so, and because we are sure he is right.
- What an odd guy! Well, if he doesnít bother you far more…
- No, no; our philosophy teacher takes care of that. Mind the bad marks!

 

-93-

- Ah, I see that there are well-advised people in your residence!
- Thank you; but how did you notice it?
- You installed a speed bump in the entrance of the courtyard to force cars to slow down.
- Yes...
- You did tremendously well! People are crazy; they drive at insane speed, without taking care of pedestrians!
- Consider however that before the courtyard and the speed bump, there is a barrier you have to open.
- Yes, I saw it. But I know them very well! They rush forward as soon as the barrier gets open, barge into the courtyard if nothing prevents them from it! Good thing you put the speed bump!
- You know, the barrier is just three meters from the speed bump.
- Never mind, you did well! You are never too careful!

 

-94-

- Your aunt was not very satisfied with her visit of the castle...
- Didnít she like it? Nevertheless, she liked it very much on photos.
- Yes, but photos have no staircase!
- What do you mean, no staircase?
- Yes; the castle has one.
- I know; I already went there. By the way, this staircase is very beautiful!
- Yes; but it is very high, and walking results very difficult for my aunt, she cannot go up the stairs.
- I see. However, it really seems to me that there is an elevator.
- Indeed!
- Wasnít it working?
- It was working.
- Well, I donít understand a thing anymore.
- On the door of the elevator, there was a sign: ďDisabled accessĒ.
- Wasnít that all right?
- Not the way you think! As you are well aware, in order to arrive at the castle, you have to cross the entire park, which must be five hundred meters; and the sign adds: ďTake the key of the elevator at the attendant, at the entrance of the parkĒ.

 

-95-

- Show me your pants, Miss.
- How do you dare, Madam?...
- I am in charge of verifying if your pants are in compliance with the precise instructions stipulated by the regulation concerning the employees of our bank.

 

-96-

- Here is your plane ticket, Sir.
- Thank you, Miss.
The engineer contemplates the ticket:
- But this plane has already exploded three times and nobody has ever understood why!
- The manager said that it was urgent, and the next plane is leaving too late.
- I see.

 

-97-

First sign:
NEXT EXIT OF THE HIGHWAY IN FIVE MINUTES

The second sign, two hundred meters farther:
NEXT EXIT OF THE HIGHWAY CLOSED

 

-98-

The border runs in the middle of the street in the little village. He lives on one side, she lives on the other one, the house opposite. He is eighteen years old, he is major; she is seventeen years old, she is minor. They have embraced and are kissing each other, for a long time.
ďBe careful! If you cross the street, the boy will go to jail for ten years for sexual assault on a minor!Ē

 

-99-

- I have never met such an inflexible man as he is upon morality. What is in accordance with the law is good, what is against the law is evil.
- And what if the law changes?

 

-100-

Mary, a young fabric sales rep, has just got a big market, and in order to celebrate her victory, she leaves her apartment in town and returns to the country to visit her dear grandmother for a few days.
ďThree o'clock in the morning! Does a girl come back home at such hour! Now on, it would be more acceptable to come home before midnight!Ē

 

-101-

- Hey, I finally understood why humans want to go for a walk and travel to the ends of the earth!
- Oh, very interesting! Why?
- Animals travel too, and moreover travel ceaselessly, whether next to them or far off. I noticed that every time, they looked for food to survive.
- Well?
- Well, humans do the same! They go on looking for food; but the problem is that they have forgotten they are not hungry anymore!

 

-102-

- Itís intolerable! My son doesnít want to do a thing at school, he prefers to spend his time walking around.
- Oh, itís like mine! And moreover, he answers me that as soon as I can, I am going on holiday!
- Thatís all the same to me! But holidays do not prevent us from being passionate about our work at the office.
- Yes, yes, but letís not go too far! What would we do if we won hundred billions on the lottery?

 

-103-

- I have seen an excellent movie, yesterday!
- Go on, tell me!
- It shows that you always must remain yourself, without trying to change... A girl wanted to become more beautiful, but the boy who was in love with her did not recognize her anymore and turned away from her. She quickly took back again her genuine look! Which proves that it is better to be ugly than beautiful.
- They have just got to make a film in which the girl will attempt to be ugly.
- Or else, a film in which the girl will look for another boy.

 

-104-

- The shame of it! Yesterday, I saw a guy down in the street who was delighting in looking at girls through the window of a dancing class...
- And, obviously, without paying? You are right, itís a shame!
- Whoís speaking of paying?
- Why? Donít you pay your tickets for the ballet you are going to see tomorrow?

 

-105-

- Arenít you ashamed? Walk around with such a short skirt!
- You are right, I am going to take it off!
- Have you got insane?
- Why? I am taking off my skirt, not my swimsuit!

 

-106-

- You have been twisting your neck for half an hour under the funfair swings to look under the girlsí skirts!
- You are right, I shouldnít; at the Opera, we are settled ourselves into our seats much better to look under the tutus of the dancers, and it lasts longer.

 

-107-

ďYou twisted your foot by getting off the train? You should have paid attention, there is black ice on the platform! Nevertheless we had warned you; there is a big sign at the exit of the station.Ē

 

-108-

Complement to the order of February 16th, 1859, establishing a ďnormal tuning forkĒ in the country of France.
Art. 1st - Music composers will be willing to put themselves in accordance with the forgoing order.
Art. 2 - As an example, Mr Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be asked to rewrite the Overture of its opera Don Giovanni in C-sharp minor, instead of D minor, to ensure compliance with the ďnormal tuning forkĒ in 435 vibrations per second used in our country, giving up that of 415 vibrations per second that he has considered to be permitted to use. Failing which, the performance of his opera will be forbidden on all public stages in France. It ensues from it that the various airs of this opera written in other tones must be rewritten into the same scale.

 

-109-

- Is your work going well?
- Perfectly! Oh, the boss of my company is abominable, but I have an excellent salary!
- Arenít you married with your friend yet?
- No.
- I thought you were in love with him?
- Yes, I am, but I donít want to depend on the money of a man.
- You prefer to depend on the money of a man you consider abominable, rather than on the money of a man you love?
- It is not the same. To earn this money at my bossí, I work. You stay at home, you do not work.
- Do you think that running the house, bringing up four children, and taking care of your husband are not work?

 

-110-

- Ah, if you knew!...
- You are as red as a beetroot!
- I saw him yesterday... He is... You donít know!
- You are in love!...
- Oh, yes! Oh, yes! Weíve had a wonderful time yesterday, which Iíll never forget, how wonderful!
Jacky boy, nine years old, enters the living room:
- I know, I know! You went to the Summer Department stores!
- What are you talking about?
- I heard it on TV! Come and have a wonderful time! Discounts of five percent on all our goods!

 

-111-

- Are you still seeing him?
- No; he got angry against me.
- Oh! He gave you back this rare book you have cared so much for? You are lucky!
- He was longing for it, I gave it to him along with my friendship. He returned me the book.

 

-112-

- Excuse me Sir, I am living in this house on the fifth floor. Would you be so kind to accompany me in the elevator?
- Well... Certainly Miss... Do you have a problem?
- Oh no, not at all, Sir! But the elevator is forbidden to unaccompanied children.
- Well... Certainly Miss... But may I ask you how old you are?
- Seventeen years Sir.
- Seventeen years!
- Yes Sir; the law asserts that I am a child until eighteen years. You know, my parents brought me up in the respect for the law, Sir.

 

-113-

- I canít get through of it! Thirty programs for the lever of TV and video recorder, fifteen programs for the washing machine, I do not even know how many more programs for my computer, forty-five pages of instructions for use here, forty there...
- It's true, all is really getting too much complicated! Specialized courses will urgently have to be programmed at school.
- On the other hand it will not be necessary to have an examination at the end of year.
- Why?
- Well, with the issue of new models, the examination will have passed the expiration date!

 

-114-

- Where are you going on holidays this summer?
- In France.
- What! You are staying here?
- Yes, why?
- You know, in Turkey, there are beaches, the sea...
- France is surrounded with beaches.
- 27 million people go to Turkey every year; doesnít it prove something?
- You are right; in France they are only 74 million.

 

-115-

About thirty castaways end up on a desert island. Only one among them is capable of building a boat. He builds it.
He asks for a particular favor. They answer him:
- All men are equal, you will get nothing more than the others.
- I have built the boat which will save you.
- It is quite right, everyone manages according to their means, you will get nothing more than the others.
The next day, the castaways found neither boat, nor builder.

 

-116-

- Wonít you give me five hundred euros, I am a little short at the moment?
- Here they are, I will gladly lend them to you.
- No, no, I told you to ďgiveĒ, not to ďlendĒ them to me.
- Why do you want me to give them to you?
- Ten years ago, John was a little short, he had asked me to give him five hundred euros; I gave them to him.
- Excuse me, but I donít see the connection. You ought to ask them to him.
- You know, he is less rich than you are.
- You are a bother! I agree with giving you anything you want, but donít pop up with such silly reasons!
- All right, all right, keep safe your five hundred euros, besides I donít need them.
- What nonsense are you talking of?
- Forget it... By the way, have you got your pension?
- … What does that have to do with anything?
- The pension you get, is also a donation, which people of today make to you.

 

-117-

The employee to the beggar:
- You donít work, and you are asking for charity! I have my salary, and I content myself with it; do as I do, content yourself with what you have!
The boss to the employee:
- You are asking for another pay increase! I have my business, and I content myself with it; do as I do, content yourself with what you have!
The billionaire to the boss:
- You are asking for money to expand your business! I have so much money as I want, and I content myself with it; do as I do, content yourself with what you have!
God to the billionaire:
- You are asking me for good health! I have eternal life, and I content myself with it; do as I do, content yourself with what you have!

 

-118-

- Itís almost noon, how hot, itís stifling! I hope you are going back home?
- No, I am going to plough my field.
- Really?
- By my watch, itís already 2:00 PM, evening is coming soon.

 

-119-

- Please, make an effort!
- I cannot do better than what I can!
- Surpass yourself!
- Yes, yes; and by dint of surpassing yourself, you eventually lose sight of yourself.

 

-120-

- Good accounts make bad friends.
- Good friends, you mean.
- Oh, sorry, my head is going round! Bad accounts make good friends.
- Oh, you! Always joking!
- Always...

 

-121-

- If you want to win a car race, you have to go as fast as possible.
- Is that all what you intend to teach me?
- No, not only; be the most careful possible, your life depends on it.
- Better and better! Isnít it, incidentally, a bit contradictory?
- Indeed.
- Then, they must be crazy!
- Or silly; but if they donít die, they become very rich.

 

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