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неділя, 16 січня 2011 р.

One Superb Pun


“In that connexion” he said “I recall one superb pun anyway:

     ‘qui vive la pietà quando è ben morta . . .’

She said nothing.
“Is it not a great phrase?” he gushed.
She said nothing.
“Now” he said like a fool “I wonder how you could translate that?”
Still she said nothing. Then:
“Do you think” she murmured “it is absolutely necessary to translate it?”

—Samuel Beckett, "Dante and the Lobster"

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