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Annajanska and the Bolshevik Empress

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Annajanska and the Bolshevik Empress

by George Bernard Shaw

Genre: Comedy
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Format of Original Source: Play
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Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

SCHNEIDEKIND. They have killed him?

STRAMMFEST. A dagger has been struck through his heart-

SCHNEIDEKIND. Good God!

STRAMMFEST. –and through mine, through mine.

SCHNEIDEKIND [relieved]. Oh, a metaphorical dagger! I thought you meant a real one. What has happened?

STRAMMFEST. His daughter the Grand Duchess Annajanska, she whom the Panjandrina loved beyond all her other children, has–has- [he cannot finish.]

SCHNEIDEKIND. Committed suicide?

STRAMMFEST. No. Better if she had. Oh, far far better.

SCHNEIDEKIND [in hushed tones]. Left the Church?

STRAMMFEST [shocked]. Certainly not. Do not blaspheme, young man.

SCHNEIDEKIND. Asked for the vote?

STRAMMFEST. I would have given it to her with both hands to save her from this.

SCHNEIDEKIND. Save her from what? Dash it, sir, out with it.

STRAMMFEST. She has joined the Revolution.

SCHNEIDEKIND. But so have you, sir. We’ve all joined the Revolution. She doesn’t mean it any more than we do.

STRAMMFEST. Heaven grant you may be right! But that is not the worst. She had eloped with a young officer. Eloped, Schneidekind, eloped!


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