Alexander Herzen is on a steamer ship, crossing from France to
No, Not at all! Kolya’s life was what it was. Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child.
If we can’t arrange our own happiness, it’s a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.
For full extended monologue, please see the edition cited here: Stoppard, Tom. The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck. Act 2, “August 1852.” 2002.
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