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Some ferment makes him want what is exotic, yet he's half conscious of his folly; from heaven he claims as his the brightest stars, and from the earth all of its highest joys, 305 but nothing near and nothing far away can satisfy a heart so deeply agitated. LORD. Though now he only serves me blindly and ineptly, I soon shall lead him into claritythe gardener knows, when the sapling turns green, 310 that blossoms and fruit will brighten future years. MEPHISTOPHELES. What'll You bet? You'll lose him yet if You grant me permission to guide him gently along my road.

Easy, Poodle! Stop running about! Why are you sniffing the sill of that door? Lie down behind the stovehere's my best cushion! Your running and jumping along the road entertained us out on the hillside, now let me entertain you in my turna welcome guest if you'11 stay quiet. Ah, when within our narrow chamber the friendly lamp again is lit, our inner being too is brightenedour heart, that then can know itself. The voice of reason is heard again, and hope again begins to flower; we thirst for life-giving waters, we long for life's fountainhead.

If you know how to say your say and be relaxed, you aren't embittered by the public's whimsone even wants a good-sized audience, to be more sure of getting a response. So don't be shy or hide your excellence: let us hear Phantasy with all her choirs, hear Reason, Good Sense, Sentiment, and Passion, and take good care that Folly too is heard. MANAGER. The main thing, though, is having lots of action! Spectators come expecting something they can see. If you unreel enough before the public's eyes to make them marvel open-mouthed, a quantitative triumph is already won, and you're the man they idolize.

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