Forty-five years ago in her childhood hometown of Güllen, Claire
START. Claire: Bark beetles. The tree is dying. (She notices Ill.) Alfred! Good to see you. I’m visiting my woods.
Ill: Are the woods yours too?
Claire: They are. May I sit next to you?
Ill: By all means. I just said good-bye to my family. They’re going to a movie. Karl bought himself a car.
[... ... ...]
END. Claire: I will take you to Capri in your coffin. I built a mausoleum in the garden of my palazzo. Surrounded by cypresses. Overlooking the Mediterranean.
Ill: I only know it from pictures.
Claire: Deep blue. A grand panorama. There you will remain. With me.
Ill: Now “Home Sweet Home” is finished too.
Dürrenmatt, Friedrich, Selected Writings Volume 1: Plays, “The Visit,” The University of Chicago Press, 2006, pp. 114-119.
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