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By Benjamin Constant

Adolphe is a privileged and subtle younger guy, bored via the stupidity he perceives on the planet round him. After a few meaningless conquests, he finally encounters Ellenore, a gorgeous and passionate older lady. Adolphe is enraptured and steadily wears down her resistance to his declarations of affection. yet as they embark on an severe and tortured affair, Ellenore provides option to a flood of emotion that in simple terms serves to repel her more youthful lover - but he can't convey himself to go away her and his procrastination can in simple terms deliver tragedy. partially encouraged via Constant's personal stormy affair with Madame de Staël, Adolphe (1816) is a penetrating mental depiction of affection that plumbs the depths of the passions, explanations and inconsistencies of the human personality.

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Galilei has made discoveries th at will revolutionize our concept of the universe. CURATOR : Mr. Galilei provided the city with a first-rate water pump and the irrigation works he designed function splendidly. How was I to expect this? GALILEO (still at the telescope ) : Not so fast, Priuli. I may CURATOR : • . Scene Three I 61 be on the track of a very large gadget. Certain of the stars appear to have regular movements. If there were a clock in the sky, it could be seen from anywhere. That might be useful for your shipowners .

Have you run across any­ thing about that? GA L I L E O : No. But I noticed something on Tuesday that might prove a step towards even that. Where's Jupi­ ter? There are four lesser stars near Jupiter. I hap­ pened on them on Monday but didn't take any par­ ticular note of their position . On Tuesday I looked again . I could have sworn they had moved. They have changed again. Tell me what you see. SAGREDO : I only see three. GA LI L E o : Where's the fourth? Let's get the charts and settle down to work.

Where's Jupi­ ter? There are four lesser stars near Jupiter. I hap­ pened on them on Monday but didn't take any par­ ticular note of their position . On Tuesday I looked again . I could have sworn they had moved. They have changed again. Tell me what you see. SAGREDO : I only see three. GA LI L E o : Where's the fourth? Let's get the charts and settle down to work. SAGREDO They work and the lights dim. The lights go is near dawn. up again. It The only place the fourth can be is round at the back of the larger star where we cannot see it.

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