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◈ Salome (살로메) ◈

해설서문  본문  1891년
오스카 와일드 (Oscar Wilde)
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SCENE.A great terrace in the Palace of Herod, set above the banqueting-hall. Some soldiers are leaning over the balcony. To the right there is a gigantic staircase, to the left, at the back, an old cistern surrounded by a wall of green bronze. Moonlight.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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How beautiful is the Princess Salomé to-night!
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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Look at the moon! How strange the moon seems! She is like a woman rising from a tomb. She is like a dead woman. You would fancy she was looking for dead things.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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She has a strange look. She is like a little princess who wears a yellow veil, and whose feet are of silver. She is like a princess who has little white doves for feet. You would fancy she was dancing.
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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She is like a woman who is dead. She moves very slowly.
 
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[Noise in the banqueting-hall.]
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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What an uproar! Who are those wild beasts howling?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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The Jews. They are always like that. They are disputing about their religion.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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Why do they dispute about their religion?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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I cannot tell. They are always doing it. The Pharisees, for instance, say that there are angels, and the Sadducees declare that angels do not exist.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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I think it is ridiculous to dispute about such things.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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How beautiful is the Princess Salomé to-night!
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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You are always looking at her. You look at her too much. It is dangerous to look at people in such fashion. Something terrible may happen.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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She is very beautiful to-night.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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The Tetrarch has a sombre look.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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Yes; he has a sombre look.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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He is looking at something.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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He is looking at some one.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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At whom is he looking?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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I cannot tell.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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How pale the Princess is! Never have I seen her so pale. She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver.
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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You must not look at her. You look too much at her.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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Herodias has filled the cup of the Tetrarch.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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Is that the Queen Herodias, she who wears a black mitre sewn with pearls, and whose hair is powdered with blue dust?
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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Yes; that is Herodias, the Tetrarch's wife.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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The Tetrarch is very fond of wine. He has wine of three sorts. One which is brought from the Island of Samothrace, and is purple like the cloak of Cæsar.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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I have never seen Cæsar.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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Another that comes from a town called Cyprus, and is yellow like gold.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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I love gold.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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And the third is a wine of Sicily. That wine is red like blood.
 
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THE NUBIAN
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The gods of my country are very fond of blood. Twice in the year we sacrifice to them young men and maidens; fifty young men and a hundred maidens. But it seems we never give them quite enough, for they are very harsh to us.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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In my country there are no gods left. The Romans have driven them out. There are some who say that they have hidden themselves in the mountains, but I do not believe it. Three nights I have been on the mountains seeking them everywhere. I did not find them. And at last I called them by their names, and they did not come. I think they are dead.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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The Jews worship a God that you cannot see.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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I cannot understand that.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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In fact, they only believe in things that you cannot see.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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That seems to me altogether ridiculous.
 
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THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
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After me shall come another mightier than I. I am not worthy so much as to unloose the latchet of his shoes. When he cometh, the solitary places shall be glad. They shall blossom like the lily. The eyes of the blind shall see the day, and the ears of the deaf shall be opened. The new-born child shall put his hand upon the dragon's lair, he shall lead the lions by their manes.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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Make him be silent. He is always saying ridiculous things.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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No, no. He is a holy man. He is very gentle, too. Every day, when I give him to eat he thanks me.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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Who is he?
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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A prophet.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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What is his name?
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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Jokanaan.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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Whence comes he?
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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From the desert, where he fed on locusts and wild honey. He was clothed in camel's hair, and round his loins he had a leathern belt. He was very terrible to look upon. A great multitude used to follow him. He even had disciples.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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What is he talking of?
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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We can never tell. Sometimes he says terrible things, but it is impossible to understand what he says.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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May one see him?
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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No. The Tetrarch has forbidden it.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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The Princess has hidden her face behind her fan! Her little white hands are fluttering like doves that fly to their dove-cots. They are like white butterflies. They are just like white butterflies.
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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What is that to you? Why do you look at her? You must not look at her.... Something terrible may happen.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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[Pointing to the cistern.]
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What a strange prison!
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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It is an old cistern.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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An old cistern! It must be very unhealthy.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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Oh no! For instance, the Tetrarch's brother, his elder brother, the first husband of Herodias the Queen, was imprisoned there for twelve years. It did not kill him. At the end of the twelve years he had to be strangled.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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Strangled? Who dared to do that?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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[Pointing to the Executioner, a huge Negro.]
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That man yonder, Naaman.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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He was not afraid?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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Oh no! The Tetrarch sent him the ring.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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What ring?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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The death-ring. So he was not afraid.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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Yet it is a terrible thing to strangle a king.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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Why? Kings have but one neck, like other folk.
 
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THE CAPPADOCIAN
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I think it terrible.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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The Princess rises! She is leaving the table! She looks very troubled. Ah, she is coming this way. Yes, she is coming towards us. How pale she is! Never have I seen her so pale.
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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Do not look at her. I pray you not to look at her.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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She is like a dove that has strayed.... She is like a narcissus trembling in the wind.... She is like a silver flower.
 
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[Enter Salomé.]
 
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SALOMÉ
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I will not stay. I cannot stay. Why does the Tetrarch look at me all the while with his mole's eyes under his shaking eyelids? It is strange that the husband of my mother looks at me like that. I know not what it means. In truth, yes, I know it.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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You have just left the feast, Princess?
 
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SALOMÉ
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How sweet the air is here! I can breathe here! Within there are Jews from Jerusalem who are tearing each other in pieces over their foolish ceremonies, and barbarians who drink and drink, and spill their wine on the pavement, and Greeks from Smyrna with painted eyes and painted cheeks, and frizzed hair curled in twisted coils, and silent, subtle Egyptians, with long nails of jade and russett cloaks, and Romans brutal and coarse, with their uncouth jargon. Ah! how I loathe the Romans! They are rough and common, and they give themselves the airs of noble lords.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Will you be seated, Princess?
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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Why do you speak to her? Why do you look at her? Oh! something terrible will happen.
 
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SALOMÉ
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How good to see the moon! She is like a little piece of money, you would think she was a little silver flower. The moon is cold and chaste. I am sure she is a virgin, she has a virgin's beauty. Yes, she is a virgin. She has never defiled herself. She has never abandoned herself to men, like the other goddesses.
 
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THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
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The Lord hath come. The son of man hath come. The centaurs have hidden themselves in the rivers, and the sirens have left the rivers, and are lying beneath the leaves of the forest.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Who was that who cried out?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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The prophet, Princess.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Ah, the prophet! He of whom the Tetrarch is afraid?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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We know nothing of that, Princess. It was the prophet Jokanaan who cried out.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Is it your pleasure that I bid them bring your litter, Princess? The night is fair in the garden.
 
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SALOMÉ
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He says terrible things about my mother, does he not?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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We never understand what he says, Princess.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Yes; he says terrible things about her.
 
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[Enter a Slave.]
 
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THE SLAVE
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Princess, the Tetrarch prays you to return to the feast.
 
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SALOMÉ
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I will not go back.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Pardon me, Princess, but if you do not return some misfortune may happen.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Is he an old man, this prophet?
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Princess, it were better to return. Suffer me to lead you in.
 
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SALOMÉ
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This prophet ... is he an old man?
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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No, Princess, he is quite a young man.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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You cannot be sure. There are those who say he is Elias.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Who is Elias?
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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A very ancient prophet of this country, Princess.
 
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THE SLAVE
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What answer may I give the Tetrarch from the Princess?
 
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THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
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Rejoice not thou, land of Palestine, because the rod of him who smote thee is broken. For from the seed of the serpent shall come forth a basilisk, and that which is born of it shall devour the birds.
 
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SALOMÉ
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What a strange voice! I would speak with him.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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I fear it is impossible, Princess. The Tetrarch does not wish any one to speak with him. He has even forbidden the high priest to speak with him.
 
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SALOMÉ
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I desire to speak with him.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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It is impossible, Princess.
 
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SALOMÉ
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I will speak with him.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Would it not be better to return to the banquet?
 
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SALOMÉ
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Bring forth this prophet.
 
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[Exit the slave.]
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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We dare not, Princess.
 
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SALOMÉ
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[Approaching the cistern and looking down into it.]
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How black it is, down there! It must be terrible to be in so black a pit! It is like a tomb....[To the soldiers.]Did you not hear me? Bring out the prophet. I wish to see him.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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Princess, I beg you do not require this of us.
 
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SALOMÉ
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You keep me waiting!
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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Princess, our lives belong to you, but we cannot do what you have asked of us. And indeed, it is not of us that you should ask this thing.
 
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SALOMÉ
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[Looking at the young Syrian.]
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Ah!
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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Oh! what is going to happen? I am sure that some misfortune will happen.
 
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SALOMÉ
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[Going up to the young Syrian.]
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You will do this tiling for me, will you not, Narraboth? You will do this thing for me. I have always been kind to you. You will do it for me. I would but look at this strange prophet. Men have talked so much of him. Often have I heard the Tetrarch talk of him. I think the Tetrarch is afraid of him. Are you, even you, also afraid of him, Narraboth?
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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I fear him not, Princess; there is no man I fear. But the Tetrarch has formally forbidden that any man should raise the cover of this well.
 
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SALOMÉ
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You will do this thing for me, Narraboth, and to-morrow when I pass in my litter beneath the gateway of the idol-sellers I will let fall for you a little flower, a little green flower.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Princess, I cannot, I cannot.
 
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SALOMÉ
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[Smiling.]
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You will do this thing for me, Narraboth. You know that you will do this thing for me. And to-morrow when I pass in my litter by the bridge of the idol-buyers, I will look at you through the muslin veils, I will look at you, Narraboth, it may be I will smile at you. Look at me, Narraboth, look at me. Ah! you know that you will do what I ask of you. You know it well.... I know that you will do this thing.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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[Signing to the third soldier.]
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Let the prophet come forth.... The Princess Salomé desires to see him.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Ah!
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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Oh! How strange the moon looks. You would think it was the hand of a dead woman who is seeking to cover herself with a shroud.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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She has a strange look! She is like a little princess, whose eyes are eyes of amber. Through the clouds of muslin she is smiling like a little princess.
 
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[The prophet comes out of the cistern. Salomé looks at him and steps slowly back.]
 
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JOKANAAN
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Where is he whose cup of abominations is now full? Where is he, who in a robe of silver shall one day die in the face of all the people? Bid him come forth, that he may hear the voice of him who hath cried in the waste places and in the houses of kings.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Of whom is he speaking?
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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You can never tell, Princess.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Where is she who having seen the images of men painted on the walls, the images of the Chaldeans limned in colours, gave herself up unto the lust of her eyes, and sent ambassadors into Chaldea?
 
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SALOMÉ
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It is of my mother that he speaks.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Oh, no, Princess.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Yes; it is of my mother that he speaks.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Where is she who gave herself unto the Captains of Assyria, who have baldricks on their loins, and tiaras of divers colours on their heads? Where is she who hath given herself to the young men of Egypt, who are clothed in fine linen and purple, whose shields are of gold, whose helmets are of silver, whose bodies are mighty? Bid her rise up from the bed of her abominations, from the bed of her incestuousness, that she may hear the words of him who prepareth the way of the Lord, that she may repent her of her iniquities. Though she will never repent, but will stick fast in her abominations; bid her come, for the fan of the Lord is in His hand.
 
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SALOMÉ
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But he is terrible, he is terrible!
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Do not stay here, Princess, I beseech you.
 
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SALOMÉ
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It is his eyes above all that are terrible. They are like black holes burned by torches in a Tyrian tapestry. They are like black caverns where dragons dwell. They are like the black caverns of Egypt in which the dragons make their lairs. They are like black lakes troubled by fantastic moons.... Do you think he will speak again?
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Do not stay here, Princess. I pray you do not stay here.
 
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SALOMÉ
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How wasted he is! He is like a thin ivory statue. He is like an image of silver. I am sure he is chaste as the moon is. He is like a moonbeam, like a shaft of silver. His flesh must be cool like ivory. I would look closer at him.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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No, no, Princess.
 
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SALOMÉ
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I must look at him closer.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Princess! Princess!
 
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JOKANAAN
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Who is this woman who is looking at me? I will not have her look at me. Wherefore doth she look at me with her golden eyes, under her gilded eyelids? I know not who she is. I do not wish to know who she is. Bid her begone. It is not to her that I would speak.
 
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SALOMÉ
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I am Salomé, daughter of Herodias, Princess of Judæa.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Back! daughter of Babylon! Come not near the chosen of the Lord. Thy mother hath filled the earth with the wine of her iniquities, and the cry of her sins hath come up to the ears of God.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Speak again, Jokanaan. Thy voice is wine to me.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Princess! Princess! Princess!
 
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SALOMÉ
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Speak again! Speak again, Jokanaan, and tell me what I must do.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Daughter of Sodom, come not near me! But cover thy face with a veil, and scatter ashes upon thine head, and get thee to the desert and seek out the Son of Man.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Who is he, the Son of Man? Is he as beautiful as thou art, Jokanaan?
 
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JOKANAAN
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Get thee behind me! I hear in the palace the beating of the wings of the angel of death.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Princess, I beseech thee to go within.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Angel of the Lord God, what dost thou here with thy sword? Whom seekest thou in this foul palace? The day of him who shall die in a robe of silver has not yet come.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Jokanaan!
 
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JOKANAAN
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Who speaketh?
 
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SALOMÉ
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Jokanaan, I am amorous of thy body! Thy body is white like the lilies of a field that the mower hath never mowed. Thy body is white like the snows that lie on the mountains, like the snows that lie on the mountains of Judæa, and come down into the valleys. The roses in the garden of the Queen of Arabia are not so white as thy body. Neither the roses in the garden of the Queen of Arabia, the perfumed garden of spices of the Queen of Arabia, nor the feet of the dawn when they light on the leaves, nor the breast of the moon when she lies on the breast of the sea.... There is nothing in the world so white as thy body. Let me touch thy body.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Back! daughter of Babylon! By woman came evil into the world. Speak not to me. I will not listen to thee. I listen but to the voice of the Lord God.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Thy body is hideous. It is like the body of a leper. It is like a plastered wall where vipers have crawled; like a plastered wall where the scorpions have made their nest. It is like a whitened sepulchre full of loathsome things. It is horrible, thy body is horrible. It is of thy hair that I am enamoured, Jokanaan. Thy hair is like clusters of grapes, like the clusters of black grapes that hang from the vine-trees of Edom in the land of the Edomites. Thy hair is like the cedars of Lebanon, like the great cedars of Lebanon that give their shade to the lions and to the robbers who would hide themselves by day. The long black nights, when the moon hides her face, when the stars are afraid, are not so black. The silence that dwells in the forest is not so black. There is nothing in the world so black as thy hair.... Let me touch thy hair.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Back, daughter of Sodom! Touch me not. Profane not the temple of the Lord God.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Thy hair is horrible. It is covered with mire and dust. It is like a crown of thorns which they have placed on thy forehead. It is like a knot of black serpents writhing round thy neck. I love not thy hair.... It is thy mouth that I desire, Jokanaan. Thy mouth is like a band of scarlet on a tower of ivory. It is like a pomegranate cut with a knife of ivory. The pomegranate-flowers that blossom in the gardens of Tyre, and are redder than roses, are not so red. The red blasts of trumpets that herald the approach of kings, and make afraid the enemy, are not so red. Thy mouth is redder than the feet of those who tread the wine in the wine-press. Thy mouth is redder than the feet of the doves who haunt the temples and are fed by the priests. It is redder than the feet of him who cometh from a forest where he hath slain a lion, and seen gilded tigers. Thy mouth is like a branch of coral that fishers have found in the twilight of the sea, the coral that they keep for the kings!... It is like the vermilion that the Moabites find in the mines of Moab, the vermilion that the kings take from them. It is like the bow of the King of the Persians, that is painted with vermilion, and is tipped with coral. There is nothing in the world so red as thy mouth.... Let me kiss thy mouth.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Never! daughter of Babylon! Daughter of Sodom! Never.
 
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SALOMÉ
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I will kiss thy mouth, Jokanaan. I will kiss thy mouth.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Princess, Princess, thou who art like a garden of myrrh, thou who art the dove of all doves, look not at this man, look not at him! Do not speak such words to him. I cannot suffer them.... Princess, Princess, do not speak these things.
 
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SALOMÉ
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I will kiss thy mouth, Jokanaan.
 
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THE YOUNG SYRIAN
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Ah![He kills himself and falls between Salomé and Jokanaan.]
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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The young Syrian has slain himself! The young captain has slain himself! He has slain himself who was my friend! I gave him a little box of perfumes and ear-rings wrought in silver, and now he has killed himself! Ah, did he not foretell that some misfortune would happen? I, too, foretold it, and it has happened. Well I knew that the moon was seeking a dead thing, but I knew not that it was he whom she sought. Ah! why did I not hide him from the moon? If I had hidden him in a cavern she would not have seen him.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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Princess, the young captain has just killed himself.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Let me kiss thy mouth, Jokanaan.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Art thou not afraid, daughter of Herodias? Did I not tell thee that I had heard in the palace the beatings of the wings of the angel of death, and hath he not come, the angel of death?
 
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SALOMÉ
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Let me kiss thy mouth.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Daughter of adultery, there is but one who can save thee, it is He of whom I spake. Go seek Him. He is in a boat on the sea of Galilee, and He talketh with His disciples. Kneel down on the shore of the sea, and call unto Him by His name. When He cometh to thee (and to all who call on Him He cometh), bow thyself at His feet and ask of Him the remission of thy sins.
 
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SALOMÉ
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Let me kiss thy mouth.
 
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JOKANAAN
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Cursed be thou! daughter of an incestuous mother, be thou accursed!
 
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SALOMÉ
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I will kiss thy mouth, Jokanaan.
 
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JOKANAAN
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I do no wish to look at thee. I will not look at thee, thou art accursed, Salomé, thou art accursed.[He goes down into the cistern.]
 
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SALOMÉ
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I will kiss thy mouth, Jokanaan; I will kiss thy mouth.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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We must bear away the body to another place. The Tetrarch does not care to see dead bodies, save the bodies of those whom he himself has slain.
 
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THE PAGE OF HERODIAS
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He was my brother, and nearer to me than a brother. I gave him a little box full of perfumes, and a ring of agate that he wore always on his hand. In the evening we used to walk by the river, among the almond trees, and he would tell me of the things of his country. He spake ever very low. The sound of his voice was like the sound of the flute, of a flute player. Also he much loved to gaze at himself in the river. I used to reproach him for that.
 
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SECOND SOLDIER
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You are right; we must hide the body. The Tetrarch must not see it.
 
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FIRST SOLDIER
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The Tetrarch will not come to this place. He never comes on the terrace. He is too much afraid of the prophet.
 
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[Enter Herod, Herodias, and all the Court.]
 
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HEROD
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Where is Salomé? Where is the Princess? Why did she not return to the banquet as I commanded her? Ah! there she is!
 
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HERODIAS
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You must not look at her! You are always looking at her!
 
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HEROD
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The moon has a strange look to-night. Has she not a strange look? She is like a mad woman, a mad woman who is seeking everywhere for lovers. She is naked too. She is quite naked. The clouds are seeking to clothe her nakedness, but she will not let them. She shows herself naked in the sky. She reels through the clouds like a drunken woman.... I am sure she is looking for lovers. Does she not reel like a drunken woman? She is like a mad woman, is she not?
 
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HERODIAS
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No; the moon is like the moon, that is all. Let us go within.... You have nothing to do here.
 
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HEROD
361
I will stay here! Manesseh, lay carpets there. Light torches, bring forth the ivory tables, and the tables of jasper. The air here is delicious. I will drink more wine with my guests. We must show all honours to the ambassadors of Cæsar.
 
362
HERODIAS
363
It is not because of them that you remain.
 
364
HEROD
365
Yes; the air is delicious. Come, Herodias, our guests await us. Ah! I have slipped! I have slipped in blood! It is an ill omen. It is a very evil omen. Wherefore is there blood here?... and this body, what does this body here? Think you I am like the King of Egypt, who gives no feast to his guests but that he shows them a corpse? Whose is it? I will not look on it.
 
366
FIRST SOLDIER
367
It is our captain, sire. He is the young Syrian whom you made captain only three days ago.
 
368
HEROD
369
I gave no order that he should be slain.
 
370
SECOND SOLDIER
371
He killed himself, sire.
 
372
HEROD
373
For what reason? I had made him captain.
 
374
SECOND SOLDIER
375
We do not know, sire. But he killed himself.
 
376
HEROD
377
That seems strange to me. I thought it was only the Roman philosophers who killed themselves. Is it not true, Tigellinus, that the philosophers at Rome kill themselves?
 
378
TIGELLINUS
379
There are some who kill themselves, sire. They are the Stoics. The Stoics are coarse people. They are ridiculous people. I myself regard them as being perfectly ridiculous.
 
380
HEROD
381
I also. It is ridiculous to kill oneself.
 
382
TIGELLINUS
383
Everybody at Rome laughs at them. The Emperor has written a satire against them. It is recited everywhere.
 
384
HEROD
385
Ah! he has written a satire against them? Cæsar is wonderful. He can do everything.... It is strange that the young Syrian has killed himself. I am sorry he has killed himself. I am very sorry; for he was fair to look upon. He was even very fair. He had very languorous eyes. I remember that I saw that he looked languorously at Salomé. Truly, I thought he looked too much at her.
 
386
HERODIAS
387
There are others who look at her too much.
 
388
HEROD
389
His father was a king. I drove him from his kingdom. And you made a slave of his mother, who was a queen, Herodias. So he was here as my guest, as it were, and for that reason I made him my captain. I am sorry he is dead. Ho! why have you left the body here? I will not look at itaway with it![They take away the body.]It is cold here. There is a wind blowing. Is there not a wind blowing?
 
390
HERODIAS
391
No; there is no wind.
 
392
HEROD
393
I tell you there is a wind that blows.... And I hear in the air something that is like the beating of wings, like the beating of vast wings. Do you not hear it?
 
394
HERODIAS
395
I hear nothing.
 
396
HEROD
397
I hear it no longer. But I heard it. It was the blowing of the wind, no doubt. It has passed away. But no, I hear it again. Do you not hear it? It is just like the beating of wings.
 
398
HERODIAS
399
I tell you there is nothing. You are ill. Let us go within.
 
400
HEROD
401
I am not ill. It is your daughter who is sick. She has the mien of a sick person. Never have I seen her so pale.
 
402
HERODIAS
403
I have told you not to look at her.
 
404
HEROD
405
Pour me forth wine[wine is brought]. Salomé, come drink a little wine with me. I have here a wine that is exquisite. Cæsar himself sent it me. Dip into it thy little red lips, that I may drain the cup.
 
406
SALOMÉ
407
I am not thirsty, Tetrarch.
 
408
HEROD
409
You hear how she answers me, this daughter of yours?
 
410
HERODIAS
411
She does right. Why are you always gazing at her?
 
412
HEROD
413
Bring me ripe fruits[fruits are brought]. Salomé, come and eat fruit with me. I love to see in a fruit the mark of thy little teeth. Bite but a little of this fruit and then I will eat what is left.
 
414
SALOMÉ
415
I am not hungry, Tetrarch.
 
416
HEROD
417
[To Herodias.]You see how you have brought up this daughter of yours.
 
418
HERODIAS
419
My daughter and I come of a royal race. As for thee, thy father was a camel driver! He was also a robber!
 
420
HEROD
421
Thou liest!
 
422
HERODIAS
423
Thou knowest well that it is true.
 
424
HEROD
425
Salomé, come and sit next to me. I will give thee the throne of thy mother.
 
426
SALOMÉ
427
I am not tired, Tetrarch.
 
428
HERODIAS
429
You see what she thinks of you.
 
430
HEROD
431
Bring mewhat is it that I desire? I forget. Ah! ah! I remember.
 
432
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
 
433
Lo! the time is come! That which I foretold has come to pass, saith the Lord God. Lo! the day of which I spoke.
434
HERODIAS
435
Bid him be silent. I will not listen to his voice. This man is for ever vomiting insults against me.
 
436
HEROD
437
He has said nothing against you. Besides, he is a very great prophet.
 
438
HERODIAS
439
I do not believe in prophets. Can a man tell what will come to pass? No man knows it. Moreover, he is for ever insulting me. But I think you are afraid of him.... I know well that you are afraid of him.
 
440
HEROD
441
I am not afraid of him. I am afraid of no man.
 
442
HERODIAS
443
I tell you, you are afraid of him. If you are not afraid of him why do you not deliver him to the Jews, who for these six months past have been clamouring for him?
 
444
A JEW
445
Truly, my lord, it were better to deliver him into our hands.
 
446
HEROD
447
Enough on this subject. I have already given you my answer. I will not deliver him into your hands. He is a holy man. He is a man who has seen God.
 
448
A JEW
449
That cannot be. There is no man who hath seen God since the prophet Elias. He is the last man who saw God. In these days God doth not show Himself. He hideth Himself. Therefore great evils have come upon the land.
 
450
ANOTHER JEW
451
Verily, no man knoweth if Elias the prophet did indeed see God. Peradventure it was but the shadow of God that he saw.
 
452
A THIRD JEW
453
God is at no time hidden. He showeth Himself at all times and in everything. God is in what is evil even as He is in what is good.
 
454
A FOURTH JEW
455
That must not be said. It is a very dangerous doctrine. It is a doctrine that cometh from the schools at Alexandria, where men teach the philosophy of the Greeks. And the Greeks are Gentiles: They are not even circumcised.
 
456
A FIFTH JEW
457
No one can tell how God worketh. His ways are very mysterious. It may be that the things which we call evil are good, and that the things which we call good are evil. There is no knowledge of any thing. We must needs submit to everything, for God is very strong. He breaketh in pieces the strong together with the weak, for He regardeth not any man.
 
458
FIRST JEW
459
Thou speaketh truly. God is terrible; He breaketh the strong and the weak as a man brays corn in a mortar. But this man hath never seen God. No man hath seen God since the prophet Elias.
 
460
HERODIAS
461
Make them be silent. They weary me.
 
462
HEROD
463
But I have heard it said that Jokanaan himself is your prophet Elias.
 
464
THE JEW
465
That cannot be. It is more than three hundred years since the days of the prophet Elias.
 
466
HEROD
467
There be some who say that this man is the prophet Elias.
 
468
A NAZARENE
469
I am sure that he is the prophet Elias.
 
470
THE JEW
471
Nay, but he is not the prophet Elias.
 
472
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
473
So the day is come, the day of the Lord, and I hear upon the mountains the feet of Him who shall be the Saviour of the world.
 
474
HEROD
475
What does that mean? The Saviour of the world.
 
476
TIGELLINUS
477
It is a title that Cæsar takes.
 
478
HEROD
479
But Cæsar is not coming into Judæa. Only yesterday I received letters from Rome. They contained nothing concerning this matter. And you, Tigellinus, who were at Rome during the winter, you heard nothing concerning this matter, did you?
 
480
TIGELLINUS
481
Sire, I heard nothing concerning the matter. I was explaining the title. It is one of Cæsar's titles.
 
482
HEROD
483
But Cæsar cannot come. He is too gouty. They say that his feet are like the feet of an elephant. Also there are reasons of State. He who leaves Rome loses Rome. He will not come. Howbeit, Cæsar is lord, he will come if he wishes. Nevertheless, I do not think he will come.
 
484
FIRST NAZARENE
485
It was not concerning Cæsar that the prophet spake these words, sire.
 
486
HEROD
487
Not of Cæsar?
 
488
FIRST NAZARENE
489
No, sire.
 
490
HEROD
491
Concerning whom then did he speak?
 
492
FIRST NAZARENE
493
Concerning Messias who has come.
 
494
A JEW
495
Messiah hath not come.
 
496
FIRST NAZARENE
497
He hath come, and everywhere He worketh miracles.
 
498
HERODIAS
499
Ho! ho! miracles! I do not believe in miracles. I have seen too many.[To the page.]My fan!
 
500
FIRST NAZARENE
501
This man worketh true miracles. Thus, at a marriage which took place in a little town of Galilee, a town of some importance, He changed water into wine. Certain persons who were present related it to me. Also He healed two lepers that were seated before the Gate of Capernaum simply by touching them.
 
502
SECOND NAZARENE
503
Nay, it was blind men that he healed at Capernaum.
 
504
FIRST NAZARENE
505
Nay; they were lepers. But He hath healed blind people also, and He was seen on a mountain talking with angels.
 
506
A SADDUCEE
507
Angels do not exist.
 
508
A PHARISEE
509
Angels exist, but I do not believe that this Man has talked with them.
 
510
FIRST NAZARENE
511
He was seen by a great multitude of people talking with angels.
 
512
A SADDUCEE
513
Not with angels.
 
514
HERODIAS
515
How these men weary me! They are ridiculous![To the page.]Well! my fan![The page gives her the fan.]You have a dreamer's look; you must not dream. It is only sick people who dream.[She strikes the page with her fan.]
 
516
SECOND NAZARENE
517
There is also the miracle of the daughter of Jairus.
 
518
FIRST NAZARENE
519
Yes, that is sure. No man can gainsay it.
 
520
HERODIAS
521
These men are mad. They have looked too long on the moon. Command them to be silent.
 
522
HEROD
523
What is this miracle of the daughter of Jairus?
 
524
FIRST NAZARENE
525
The daughter of Jairus was dead. He raised her from the dead.
 
526
HEROD
527
He raises the dead?
 
528
FIRST NAZARENE
529
Yea, sire, He raiseth the dead.
 
530
HEROD
531
I do not wish Him to do that. I forbid Him to do that. I allow no man to raise the dead. This Man must be found and told that I forbid Him to raise the dead. Where is this Man at present?
 
532
SECOND NAZARENE
533
He is in every place, my lord, but it is hard to find Him.
 
534
FIRST NAZARENE
535
It is said that He is now in Samaria.
 
536
A JEW
537
It is easy to see that this is not Messias, if He is in Samaria. It is not to the Samaritans that Messias shall come. The Samaritans are accursed. They bring no offerings to the Temple.
 
538
SECOND NAZARENE
539
He left Samaria a few days since. I think that at the present moment He is in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
 
540
FIRST NAZARENE
541
No; He is not there. I have just come from Jerusalem. For two months they have had no tidings of Him.
 
542
HEROD
543
No matter! But let them find Him, and tell Him from me, I will not allow him to raise the dead! To change water into wine, to heal the lepers and the blind.... He may do these things if He will. I say nothing against these things. In truth I hold it a good deed to heal a leper. But I allow no man to raise the dead. It would be terrible if the dead came back.
 
544
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
545
Ah! the wanton! The harlot! Ah! the daughter of Babylon with her golden eyes and her gilded eyelids!—Thus saith the Lord God, Let there come up against her a multitude of men. Let the people take stones and stone her....
 
546
HERODIAS
547
Command him to be silent.
 
548
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
549
Let the war captains pierce her with their swords, let them crush her beneath their shields.
 
550
HERODIAS
551
Nay, but it is infamous.
 
552
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
553
It is thus that I will wipe out all wickedness from the earth, and that all women shall learn not to imitate her abominations.
 
554
HERODIAS
555
You hear what he says against me? You allow him to revile your wife?
 
556
HEROD
557
He did not speak your name.
 
558
HERODIAS
559
What does that matter? You know well that it is I whom he seeks to revile. And I am your wife, am I not?
 
560
HEROD
561
Of a truth, dear and noble Herodias, you are my wife, and before that you were the wife of my brother.
 
562
HERODIAS
563
It was you who tore me from his arms.
 
564
HEROD
565
Of a truth I was stronger.... But let us not talk of that matter. I do not desire to talk of it. It is the cause of the terrible words that the prophet has spoken. Peradventure on account of it a misfortune will come. Let us not speak of this matter. Noble Herodias, we are not mindful of our guests. Fill thou my cup, my well-beloved. Fill with wine the great goblets of silver, and the great goblets of glass. I will drink to Cæsar. There are Romans here, we must drink to Cæsar.
 
566
ALL
567
Cæsar! Cæsar!
 
568
HEROD
569
Do you not see your daughter, how pale she is?
 
570
HERODIAS
571
What is it to you if she be pale or not?
 
572
HEROD
573
Never have I seen her so pale.
 
574
HERODIAS
575
You must not look at her.
 
576
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
577
In that day the sun shall become black like sackcloth of hair, and the moon shall become like blood, and the stars of the heavens shall fall upon the earth like ripe figs that fall from the fig-tree, and the kings of the earth shall be afraid.
 
578
HERODIAS
579
Ah! Ah! I should like to see that day of which he speaks, when the moon shall become like blood, and when the stars shall fall upon the earth like ripe figs. This prophet talks like a drunken man ... but I cannot suffer the sound of his voice. I hate his voice. Command him to be silent.
 
580
HEROD
581
I will not. I cannot understand what it is that he saith, but it may be an omen.
 
582
HERODIAS
583
I do not believe in omens. He speaks like a drunken man.
 
584
HEROD
585
It may be he is drunk with the wine of God.
 
586
HERODIAS
587
What wine is that, the wine of God? From what vineyards is it gathered? In what wine-press may one find it?
 
588
HEROD
589
[From this point he looks all the while at Salomé.]
590
Tigellinus, when you were at Rome of late, did the Emperor speak with you on the subject of...?
 
591
TIGELLINUS
592
On what subject, sire?
 
593
HEROD
594
On what subject? Ah! I asked you a question, did I not? I have forgotten what I would have asked you.
 
595
HERODIAS
596
You are looking again at my daughter. You must not look at her. I have already said so.
 
597
HEROD
598
You say nothing else.
 
599
HERODIAS
600
I say it again.
 
601
HEROD
602
And that restoration of the Temple about which they have talked so much, will anything be done? They say the veil of the Sanctuary has disappeared, do they not?
 
603
HERODIAS
604
It was thyself didst steal it. Thou speakest at random. I will not stay here. Let us go within.
 
605
HEROD
606
Dance for me, Salomé.
 
607
HERODIAS
608
I will not have her dance.
 
609
SALOMÉ
610
I have no desire to dance, Tetrarch.
 
611
HEROD
612
Salomé, daughter of Herodias, dance for me.
 
613
HERODIAS
614
Let her alone.
 
615
HEROD
616
I command thee to dance, Salomé.
 
617
SALOMÉ
618
I will not dance, Tetrarch.
 
619
HERODIAS
620
[Laughing].
621
You see how she obeys you.
 
622
HEROD
623
What is it to me whether she dance or not? It is naught to me. To-night I am happy, I am exceeding happy. Never have I been so happy.
 
624
FIRST SOLDIER
625
The Tetrarch has a sombre look. Has he not a sombre look?
 
626
SECOND SOLDIER
627
Yes, he has a sombre look.
 
628
HEROD
629
Wherefore should I not be happy? Cæsar, who is lord of the world, who is lord of all things, loves me well. He has just sent me most precious gifts. Also he has promised me to summon to Rome the King of Cappadocia, who is my enemy. It may be that at Rome he will crucify him, for he is able to do all things that he wishes. Verily, Cæsar is lord. Thus you see I have a right to be happy. Indeed, I am happy. I have never been so happy. There is nothing in the world that can mar my happiness.
 
630
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN
631
He shall be seated on this throne. He shall be clothed in scarlet and purple. In his hand he shall bear a golden cup full of his blasphemies. And the angel of the Lord shall smite him. He shall be eaten of worms.
 
632
HERODIAS
633
You hear what he says about you. He says that you will be eaten of worms.
 
634
HEROD
635
It is not of me that he speaks. He speaks never against me. It is of the King of Cappadocia that he speaks; the King of Cappadocia, who is mine enemy. It is he who shall be eaten of worms. It is not I. Never has he spoken word against me, this prophet, save that I sinned in taking to wife the wife of my brother. It may be he is right. For, of a truth, you are sterile.
 
636
HERODIAS
637
I am sterile, I? You say that, you that