5b 1910 CLAIR DE LUNE
June 4th, 1910. ALMA and young WALTER GROPIUS in Spa Tobelbad.
have to stop drinking, Madame. Really. - Please Give up the
bottle. Try to return to yourself, to what you were before
your miserable marriage--
was I? I can't remember anymore
NURSE A young
person with the whole world at your feet. You had the most
wonderful gift a person can have: you had talent--
ALMA I don't
know what's left of it. My head is empty. My heart is mute.
My feelings are dead.
that life behind you--
can I? I'm keeping house, I'm supporting Gustav, I have a
it all up. Take your forgotten songs with you, and go back
think I can still do it?
sure you can. But this time don't let anyone distract you
from your path.
Alma and the nurse meet with Walter Gropius and his nurse,
coming from the scene The Eurydice Syndrome.
may I introduce you to Mr Walter Gropius, an architect from
Berlin and a guest in our sanatorium. - Mrs Alma Mahler, wife
of the Director of the Vienna Court Opera House, Gustav Mahler.
Alma (the nurse) and Reserl (Hulda) take a step back and
leave for On the road to Palestine.
I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this,
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a kiss.
pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this,
For saints have hands that pilgrim's hands do touch
And palm to palm is holy palmer's kiss.
not saints lips, and holy palmers too?
pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do,
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
do not move, though grant for prayer's sake.
move not, while my prayer's effect I take.
Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged.
have my lips the sin that they have took.
from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
Give me my sin again.
They kiss again.
kiss by the book. - If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
beggary in the love that can be reckon'd.
set a bourn how far to be beloved.
must thou needs find out new heaven, new earth.
They are interrupted by Dr. Fraenkel.
DR. FRAENKEL Mister
Gropius?! - - Mister Gropius?!!!
DR. FRAENKEL Mister
Gropius, it's ten past five! You should have been at your
underwater treatment ages ago!
you, doctor! Thank you very much indeed!