Shen Te and Mrs Shin are packing up the contents of the tobacco shop,
Start: MRS SHIN: You see, now you’ve lost your shop, and everybody knows your airman is drinking away the money in the lowest bars. It’s all gone. No man, no tobacco, no place to live. That’s what you get for wanting to be a cut above the rest of us. Now what are you going to live off of?
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End: SHEN TE: Yes, from this hour, When I have seen this, I will cut myself off From everyone and not rest Until I have saved my own son, at least! All I have learned in the gutter, The viciousness and the deceit, will be For you. Son, I will Be good to you, and to all others be a tigress And a wild beast, if I must. And I must.
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. 61-65.
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