11a I wish I had 10.000 Hearts
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1912. The three Almas together in a beauty parlour in Vienna.
JUANA Damn! Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™m pregnant again.
ISABELLA Who is it this time?
JUANA Paul Kammerer.
JUANA Why Â»UghÂ«? He's a very rich man, you know. I love him.
ISABELLA Kammerer is rich?!
MELANIE Spiritually, not financially, of course.
ISABELLA He is as poor as his Midwife-Toads, who heâ€™s continually fiddling around with. Apparently he recently kissed one.
MELANIE A Midwife-Toad. I know. Itâ€™s his favourite specimen. It's proofed his theory that artificially-acquired characteristics can be inherited.
JUANA His discovery will bring him a lot of money, you know? In Russia, heâ€™s already got a large following.
ISABELLA Heâ€™s even said to have restored a lizardâ€™s eyesight!
JUANA Oh! The poor creature! And what was the first thing it had to look at?
ALL 1-3 Dr. Paul Kammerer!!
MELANIE This wretched Communist.
ISABELLA My dear Alma, you're as naÃ¯ve as you are beautiful.
JUANA Allow me to tell you: one doesnâ€™t become rich through work.
ISABELLA What is it you really want then?
MELANIE What is it that you desire most secretly! What is it that you are dreaming of? Say for once.
ISABELLA Allow yourself to dream, and say it. Come on, you can tell us everything.
MELANIE Surrender to your wishes and allow yourself to dream...
ISABELLA ... the forbidden thoughts too...
MELANIE ... the hidden ones...
ISABELLA ... the ones you might even not yet know about.
JUANA Hang on, hold it, hold it! Itâ€™s not that easy to say.
MELANIE Take your time.
JUANA You know what I want? Shall I tell you what I desire most?
MEL & ISAB What is it?
JUANA Je veux aller Ã¡ Paris avec vous! Rien au avec vous. Je vous emmenerai au Ritz. Nous predrons la meilleure chamber: la suite nuptiale. Nous resterons aussi longtemps quâ€™il nous plaira. Nous irons aussi Ã¡ lâ€™Opera. AprÃ©s le spectacle, nous irons souper Ã la Tour dâ€™Argent. Est-ce que vous voulez venir avec moi? (I want to go to Paris - with you. Only with you. Iâ€™ll take you to the Hotel Ritz. Weâ€™ll rent the best room. The wedding suite. Weâ€™ll stay there as long as we wish. Weâ€™ll go to the opera as well. And after the show weâ€™ll have dinner at the Tourâ€“Dâ€™Argent. Do you want to come with me?)
ISABELLA Yes, why not!
MELANIE We could go at once!
ALL 1-3 Haaahh!!!
JUANA It will set Kammerer on fire.
MELANIE Heâ€™ll finally have to choose! Between his stupid wifeâ€¦
ISABELLA â€¦ and us!
JUANA Alma! You are so splendid!
MELANIE Men are not worthy of our love.
ISABELLA I wish I could survive without them!
JUANA I donâ€™t really love them.
MELANIE I knew itâ€¦
ISABELLA But I canâ€™t. I canâ€™t!
JUANA I simply love it when they love me. It quickens my pulse to feel their desire.
MELANIE It awakens me from my deep sleep. Itâ€™s like a drug!
ISABELLA When a man falls in love with me, I immediately fall in love with myself. And all of a sudden my life feels so full â€¦
MELANIE â€¦ so justified â€¦
JUANA â€¦ only because a new man passes through my lifeâ€¦!
MELANIE But they always leave their dirty footsteps in your soulâ€¦
JUANA ... and their greasy fingerprints!
ISABELLA They numb us with a sweet smell of decay which they dare to call their loveâ€¦
JUANA â€¦ and envelop us in a smoke-screen with their ugly taste of stale beer...
MELANIE ... and cold tobacco...
JUANA ... and when the clouds of smoke have cleared â€¦ ?
ISABELLA You suddenly feel that your life isnâ€™t your life any longer!
MELANIE That your life doesnâ€™t even belong to you any more!
ISAB & JUANA Almaâ€¦?!
JUANA Donâ€™t you think so?!
MELANIE Not at all! The more men pass through my life, the more strongly I feel that it is still my life!
JUANA But they always fill you with their rotten semen!
ISABELLA Why rotten? With some of them itâ€™s the best whipped cream!
JUANA Les huÃ®tres de la mer...!
MELANIE Pasteis de Belem! (Sabaione con fragile..!)
JUANA They pump you up like a balloon!
MELANIE If I love a man I also want to have a child with him. If I donâ€™t, it can easily be disposed of.
ISAB & JUANA Alma!
MELANIE Whatâ€™s wrong with that?
JUANA I am afraid â€“
ISABELLA Iâ€™m not.
MELANIE I see. If you think it is such a bad idea â€“
JUANA No, no, I think it is a very helpful idea.
ISABELLA Oh, Alma, Iâ€™m so happy for you! You will see that it wonâ€™t disturb you at all!
JUANA Oh, I am sure it wonâ€™t. I will never allow any creature to tie my whole life up just because itâ€™s another object that happens to come along - and then vanish again.
MELA & ISAB An Â»objectÂ«? -
MELANIE Well, whatâ€™s wrong with objects?
ISABELLA They can be very interesting and even exciting...
MELANIE But is that a reason to give them all up because of the first object that has caught our attention? Why should one precious stone make you blind to all the rest of them?
JUANA Iâ€™m not asking for absolute fidelity, butâ€“
ISABELLA I have nothing against it. I have nothing against fidelity. The mere fact that a new object draws my attention doesnâ€™t mean that I must throw the old one (away) in the garbage. On the contrary. I always say: never throw away a man who has been yours.
MELANIE Good point!
ISABELLA One day you could use him or even desire him againâ€¦ Who knows?
ISABELLA One never can know! If I lose interest in a man, and I have no use for him any more, I'm not going to just throw him away. Just because my interest in him has died?
JUANA Wait a minute! I just put him away? Carefully? To rest for a while? In the corner? Within my reach?
ISABELLA Why not? The possibility exists, doesnâ€™t it?
JUANA Women who are proud of being faithful all their life to only one man - even if it was a really special man - are certainly not interested in menâ€™s overall intelligence and in their pure spirit!
MELANIE La belle chose de vouloir se piquer dâ€™un faux honneur dâ€™etre fidÃ¨le, de s'ensevelir pour toujours dans une Passion, et dâ€™etre mort dÃ¨s sa jeunesse Ã toutes les autres beautÃ©s qui nous peuvent frapper les yeux! (Through a false sense of honour, they force themselves to be faithful, and they are lost to all the other objects. Their intelligence, their greatness, their genius!)
MELANIE Such women are dead â€“ long before they have died!!!
ALL 1-3 Yeahhh!!!!
ISABELLA Doesnâ€™t constancy mean anything to you?
JUANA Itâ€™s ridiculous!
MELANIE La constance nâ€™est bonne que pour des ridicules; toutes les beaux ont droit de nous charmer, elâ€™avantage dâ€™etre rencontre le premiÃ¨r ne doit point dÃ©rober aux autres les justes prÃ©tentions quâ€™ils ont tous sur nos coeurs. (All intelligent men have the right to enchant me. I would be doing them an injustice! The purely external advantage of he who, by chance, was the first to cross my path - after all, it should not rob the others of the just claim which they may all assert to my heart.)
JUANA Alexander Zemlinsky happened to be the first to charm me with his talent; why should I bind my heart to Gustav Mahlerâ€™s qualities?
MELANIE Und mit Gustav in deinem Besitz â€” solltest du dich blind stellen? Empfindungslos und taub? Es war geradezu deine heilige Pflicht, dich um Walters Gropius zu kÃ¼mmern! (And once Gustav was yours, why should it make you blind to Walterâ€™s perfect grace? It was precisely your sacred duty to attend to Walter Gropius.)
ISABELLA And when Walter gave you all he had to offer, should you have numbed your senses to what Oskar Kokoschka made them feel?
MELANIE (port) I know one thing for certain: genius enraptures me wherever I encounter it; I have a nose for it, you see? And I cannot help giving in to its overwhelming power. Even if I am in love with one manâ€™s beautiful spirit, it doesnâ€™t oblige me to be unjust to another manâ€™s ravishing genius. No, I cannot freeze my heart to the shining light of a new young star that appears in my firmament! And if I had 10,000 heartsâ€¦
JUANA If I had 10,000 heartsâ€¦ I would give them all to him!
ISABELLA I wish I had 10,000 hearts, which I could open at a time to 10,000 new suns rising on my horizon! For there is nothing as exciting as a newâ€“born attraction. It is so sweet to magnetize, to seduce and to feel the powerful potential of a young, budding genius in your hands; and then to overcome its resistance to being dominated; to weave our invisible net around its fluttering wings, and to pull it step by step into our innermost depths, where we desire it more than anything in the whole world! â€“ Yeahhhh!
Â»In this night of ten thousand hearts
Let me take him to heavenâ€™s door!
Where the music of loveâ€™s guitars,
Plays forever more!Â«
U.S. Alma appears.
ALMA (2 or US) But once itâ€™s mine, and once I dominate it, there is nothing left to say or to desire. And all the beauty of our passion suddenly is gone, and all thatâ€™s left to us is just to fall asleep, to degenerate and to rot depressingly away.
JUANA Because there is nothing as repulsive and as boring as a man that has become my property, and who behaves as if I now belonged to him.
MELANIE All of a sudden the most lively spirits fall asleep. The young and charming genius of yesterday becomes a weary spirit in the evening.
ISABELLA The lively mind collapses as if there had been nothing. And the mouth that has dripped pearls once is now exhaling just an evil smell of rottenness and dung.
JUANA The man who was my prize becomes my punishment.
ALMA (1 or US) And all thatâ€™s left to do is wonder what I have done to deserve such an ugly punishment! I tell you, worn-out men are worse than death!
Reserl It must be very sad, loving in all directions, like you do.
JUANA Thereâ€™s no need for you to pity us.
ISABELLA Itâ€™s not as bad as you would think.
MELANIE Believe me, there is one profound remedy for avoiding the kind of disaster we have just described: the only thing that can save us from this ultimate disaster is a new young genius who appears and shakes and wakes us from that slumber which is related to the sleep of death.
The 3 Almas make the sign of the cross.
OSKARâ€™S VOICE Alma? Alma, please come up for a moment. I have to talk to you!
ISABELLA Oskar? Iâ€™m coming! (To the others:) Iâ€™ve got a wild one now! Ughhh!
MELANIE Whatâ€™s his profession?
ISABELLA Pssst! Heâ€™s a painter!
MELANIE & 3 Ughhh! - Whatâ€™s his name?
ISABELLA Kokoschka. Oskar Kokoschka.
U. S. ALMA You'll live to see yourself in fifty years, when all those men who passed through your life will have left behind them an old wreck. Youâ€™ll live to see it!
They sing â€œIch weiss nicht, zu wem ich gehÃ¶reâ€