15 GRANDE VALSE BRILLANTE
Music of a transfigured »Grande Valse Brillante«.
All Alma's husbands and lovers dance. U.S. Alma, equipped
with a mike, conducts the grandiose ball.
U.S. ALMA Come
my dear friends, Come! Make yourselves at home! I am always
happy to welcome friends. I consider sociability the best
antidote to growing old. Because I believe that joy is the
ultimate remedy for sickness and the sole preservative of
Franzl! My child-husband! For once you are not poeticizing!
How did you put it? »I didn't know how much I loved
you until I was surprised by that rash separation«...
Did you see my new library? There's a shelf with your complete
works. What a shame your last book didn't become The Divine
Comedy of our time! But at least you've been translated into
every language. Go have a look! It will make you feel good.
Oskar! You're here too! How obsessed you've been with me!
Poor thing... Did you see your paintings on my walls? My beautiful
portrait that you painted when you fell in love with me! ...
You're a wild one! And the six fans you decorated for me -
with my nude portraits - Guess where I keep them? In my bedroom!
Of course in my bedroom
Walter! Look at you! What a handsome, big man you are. That's
exactly what you call an Aryan. Of all my men you were the
only one to match me racially. Except for you, it was always
little Jews who fell in love with me, like
Gustav! Oh, Gustav, Gustav, Gustav... Who would have believed
that you would overshadow them all! You've earned a special
place in my bedroom! There, in the corner, like a little shrine,
there is a small safe with your manuscripts inside. And I'm
the only one with the combination! Just look at what you've
achieved! Inconceivable! -
Keep dancing, my friends! Keep dancing! - My life was beautiful.
God gave me access to some of our times' greatest masterpieces
before they left the hands of their creators. And being allowed
just for an instant to hold your stirrups, my glorious knights,
was enough to justify and bless my existence!
Though I have suffered many immense losses, I have no right
to complain. I have no right! Since my pain has been outweighed
by an abundance of happiness! - Dance for me, my friends!
Dance! Dance! Dance! Dance me through the memories of my life!