MAN. A narrow sha...

Arms and the Man

Act 1



Basics

Show Type
Genders
  • : 1
  • : 1
Age Ranges
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
Style
Period
Time/Place
Bulgaria, 1880s
Act/Scene
Act 1

Scene Context

Captain Bluntschli (only known as 'the man' at this point) has just burst into

Scene Text

MAN. A narrow shave; but a miss is as good as a mile. Dear young lady, your servant until death. I wish for your sake I had joined the Bulgarian army instead of the Servian. I am not a native Servian.

RAINA (haughtily). No, you are one of the Austrians who set the Servians on to rob us of our national liberty, and who officer their army for them. We hate them!

MAN. Austrian! not I. Don't hate me, dear young lady. I am only a Swiss, fighting merely as a professional soldier. I joined Servia because it was nearest to me. Be generous: you've beaten us hollow.

RAINA. Have I not been generous?

MAN. Noble!—heroic! But I'm not saved yet. This particular rush will soon pass through; but the pursuit will go on all night by fits and starts. I must take my chance to get off during a quiet interval.