Wang opens the play by addressing the audience directly. It is
Start: I am the water-seller here in the capital of Sichuan province. Business is patchy. When water is scarce, I have to go miles for it. When it’s plentiful, I don’t make any money.
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End: They’re well-nourished, bear no trace of any occupation, and they have dust on their shoes - they must have come from afar. It’s them! At your service, O enlightened ones!
For full extended monologue, please refer to the script edition cited here: Brecht, Bertolt, The Good Person of Sichuan, Tr. Michael Hofmann, Methuen Drama, 1989, pp. 1.
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