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Published by Nur Ahmad
Albert Camus
Albert Camus

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Published by: Nur Ahmad on Sep 01, 2014
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1 THE MISUNDERSTANDING (Le Malentendu) by Albert Camus translated by Graham Ley
 Act One
(Noon. The reception hall of a small boarding-house. It has a clean and tidy appearance.)
Scene one
MOTHER He's coming back. He wants to stay. MARTHA Are you quite certain? MOTHER That's what he said. After you'd gone out. MARTHA Alone? MOTHER He didn't say. MARTHA Did he seem well-off? Lot’s of money with him? MOTHER He wasn't worried by the price. MARTHA If he's rich, then so much the better. But he must be on his own. That's the most important thing. MOTHER (with a sigh) Yes, I suppose it is. That's it, then. That's the start of it. MARTHA Yes, it is. That's the start of it. But don't you worry. We'll be paid for our trouble. (Silence. Martha looks at her mother.) What's the matter, mother? You haven't been the same for some time now. There's something wrong. I know there is. MOTHER There's nothing wrong. I'm just tired, that's all. I think I need a rest. MARTHA A rest? That's easy. I'll take on all the housework, yours as well as mine. The days can be all yours. All the day, and every day. MOTHER That's not what I meant. Not that kind of rest. No, it's just an old woman's dream. I just want a bit of peace, the chance to let things slide. (She gives a weak laugh.) I know. It all sounds very stupid. I wonder if religion has anything to do with it. It may be catching up with me, at long last. You never know. It has its attractions. MARTHA You're not that old, mother. You don't need that. You've got better things to do. MOTHER Oh, I was only joking. But after all, why not? When you reach my time of life you ought to be able to let things slide. I

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