the lesson - a chamber opera by Israel Sharon

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Just a moment, I'm coming.
- Good morning miss. - Good morning.
Is the Professor at home?
- Have you come for the lesson? - Yes, I have.
Sit down please, I'll let him know you'r here
Thank you... very much...
Good morning young lady.
- Are you the new pupil? - Yes, Professor.
Good morning, Professor. I'm right on time.
I didn't want to be late.
That's fine, Miss. Thank you...thank you.
You didn't need to hurry. I appologize
I appologize for keeping you waiting. I appologize...
It doesn't matter at all, Professor.
In any case, I appologize.
Did you find the house easily?
Yes, I asked the way. Everybody knows you around here.
Naturally, I've luved here for Thirty years,
But it seems you are new around.
How do you find the Town?
Oh, it is not bad at all, It's nice and agreeable,
there's a park and a school, shops, street and also a bishop.
Certainly, but I'd rather be in Paris,
- or at least in Bordeaux. - Do you like Bordeaux?
I don't know it, Miss.
- And do you know Paris? - mm...Just as I know Bordeaux,
But if you'll permit me, young lady, can you tell me please,
Paris is the capital city of...?
Paris is the capital city of...France!
Excellent, miss, bravo, very good.
You perfectly master the National geography,
- and know all chief cities in the homeland. - oh no sir, not all, it's very difficult.
Oh, it will come...
One day you'll succede.
Don't give up...not at all... have patience...little by little...
You will see, it will come in time...
What a nice day it's today.
Or rather... not so nice...
But then again, it's not so bad.
mm..there's no rain outside, and not even snow.
It would have been surprising if there was snow, We are in the middle of the summer!
- Exactly, but one must be ready for anything! - of course, Professor.
In our world, young lady,
- We can't be sure in anything - Yes Professor.
The snow falls in the...winter, and the winter is one of the four seasons.
The other three are...
- uh... - Yes?
The Spring, and then the summer...and...uh...
It begins with the letter A
- Ah, yes, Autumn! - That's right, miss, a very good answer,
wonderful, I am sure that you will be a good pupil.
You are intelligent, very well informed, and you've a good memory.
I really know the seasons' don't I?
Yes indeed, miss...
or almost, but one day you'll know all the seasons by heart, just like me!
- It's hard - Oh, not hard at all, just a little effort and good will.
- good will. - I do hope so, Professor
- I wish to acquire a thoroug education. - a thoroug education.
My parents wants to study a certain profession,
They say that general education is not enough these days.
- Life is so complex... - right, that's why yo need
to acquired a thoroug education.
If so, we better go straight to the tests.
Yes, I would like to be ready for the doctor's three weeks.
And which doctorate do you wish to qulify for?
- The total doctorate! - Total, total...
How couragious of you!
Then, young lady, if you'll permit me and pardon me, we ought to get to work.
Oh, but certainly Sir, I want to and I beg you to start immediately!!
Then, young lady,
may I ask you to sit down...there...
And if it does'n make you uncomfortable, allow me to sit in front of you.
Of course, Professor, please do.
Thank you very much, miss.
Perfect, miss, this is perfect.
- Well, shall we begin? - Of course, sir, I at your disposal?
At my disposal?
- Miss, it is I who am at your disposal! - thank you very much professor.
And now miss,
shall we do a little arithmetic,
- that is if you want too... - Certainly, Sir,
I ask nothing better.
It is rather a new science, and in fact also a therapy method.
Have you finished, Marie?
Yes, Sir, I've found the plate, I'm just going.
Hurry up and go to the kitchen!
Yes, Professor, I'm going.
Excuse me Professor, but take care and don't get to excited.
You're being ridiculous, Marie, there is no reason to be concerned.
- That's what you always say. - Marie!
I know perfectly well how to behave, I am not a boy.
Nevertheless, maybe it would be better not to start with arithmetic.
- Enough! It is non of your bussines, go! - Very well, Professor.
But don't say I didn't warn you.
As you wish, Professor.
I beg your pardon miss, it will not happen again.
She is to worried about me.
Oh, that's all right, Professor. It shows her devotion to you.
She exaggerates.
And now miss, it would be better to return to matter of arithmetic.
I'm following you, Professor.
Let us arithmetize a little now.
Gladly, Professor.
Would it bother you to answer some questions?
Not at all, sir. Speak up, go on...
How much are one and one?
One and one make two.
Excellent, miss, what an ability!
You are very close to the total doctorate!
Total! Thank you, professor.
Let's go on.
- How much are two and one? - Three!
- three and one? - Four!
- four and one? - Five!
- five and one? - Six!
six and one? seven! Seven and one? Eight!
Eight and one? Eight!
Excellent, Eight and one? Eight...?
and sometimes, nine!
Magnificent, you are magnificent.
Please accept my warm congratulations, you are exquisite.
You have acquired full mastery in the field of addition!
Now, let's look at subtraction.
Tell me, miss,
How many are four minus three?
four minus three? four minus three?
Yes, and in fact I mean to say: subtract three from four.
subtract three from four? That
I'm afraid I have to contradict you.
Four minus three does not make seven,
It's a very common mistake.
But this time we have to sutract.
- Subtract - Subtract
four minus three makes...?
No, miss, that's not it.
Not that either miss...sorry.
four minus three makes ten?
Certainly not, miss.
It's not a matter of guessing,
here you have to think and calculate.
here you have to think and calculate.
Exactly! let's do it together.
Would you like to count? Yes, Professor!
How far can you count up to?
I can count to infinity!
That's not possible, miss.
Well then, up to twenty.
Very good, please continue.
one... two...
- Three...four... - stop for a moment, miss.
Which number is larger?
Three or four?
Three or four?
In what sense larger?
Some numbers are smaller and other are larger..
In the large numbers there are more units then in the small...
unless the small ones have smaller units,
- and then it is possible, - that the small numbers are bigger.
This is very comlicated, let's merely suppose that we have only equal numbers,.
then the bigger nubers will be those that have the most units.
Ah, I understand, you are identifying quality with quantity!
That is too theoretical, miss.
Let's take an example.
We have the number three and the number four.
Both has the same number of units. Which number will be larger,
the smaller? or the larger?
- Do you mean the number that is less small? - That's it miss, perfect.
Then it is four.
Four is smaller, no, larger then three!!
Excellent answer,miss.
and now, please tell me, how many units are there between three and four?
There are'nt any units, Professor. Four comes immediately after three!.
No no! No no! It isn't correct, miss.
You always have a tendency to add, but this is not enough.
One must also subtract, reduce, disintegrate!
Disintegrate, it's the essence of life.
Disintegrate, it's the content of Philosophy, of Science, of progress, of civilization!
Here are four matches. הנה ארבעה גפרורים,
I remove one. How many are left?
I don't know, Professor.
It's not easy,
I admit. Nevertheless, I am sure you can handle it.
Let us take a simpler example.
Suppose you have only one ear. if I gave you another one, how many would you have then?
- Two! - Correct, and if I take away one?
- Two! - No!
I'm taking one. I'm eating one!
How many left?
- One. - Two.
Let's try another approach. I'm going to make you understand.
Look here, miss...
I have drawn lines.
One, two, three, four, five.
These are numbers.
When we count the lines, each one represent a unit, or a number.
units and numbers are the elements of numeration, miss.
- Units and numbers. - Units and numbers.
Pay close attention, miss.
If you don't achieve a profound understanding of these arithmetical archetypes,
You will never be able to teach in the Polythechnical school...
or the kindergarten!
Obviousley it is not easy.
But before we continue,
I will give you a simple task,
A trifle for any mediocre enginere.
Can you calculate by heart how much are...
Three bilions, seven hundred fifty five milions, ninety eight thousands
two hundred fifty one, multiplied by five bilions one hundred sixty-two
milion, three hundred three thousand five hundred and eight?
That makes...
nineteen quintilions three hundreds and ninety quadrilions,
two trilions eight hundred forty four bilions,,
two hundred ninety milions, hundred and sixty four thousand
five hundred and eight! is not possible...
How did you do it?
It's easy.I've memorized all
the products of all possible multiplications.
Yet, that doesn't satisfy me.
In mathematics and in arithmetic especially
The memory is the enemy!
Induction and deduction,
- Professor - that your not that good in mathematics...
- Professor, professor! - I am afraid you won't be able
- to qualify for the total doctorate - The total!
Unless, young lady, oh let me be, Marie.
Don't meddle in my affairs!
Go back to the kitchen, to the pots and pans!
Go, go, go!
We will try to prepare you at least for the partial doctorate...
Now leave me alone, Marie! Stop botherin me, damn!
If you have decided to attempt the partial doctorate,
- I must teach you... - Yes, professor.י
I must teach you...
- The elements of linguistics - No, Professor!
- And of comparative - No, Professor!
- Philology... - you mustn't do that!...
- Stay out of it!
Philology leads to calamity...
That's enough now! Get out of here!
All right Professor. but you can't say I didn't warn you!,
Philology leads to calamity!
I'm an adult, Marie!
As you wish.
An now,
I want you to listen to a lecture I have prepared on the subject the fundamental principles
fundamental principles of the linguistic and comparative philology of the neo-Spanish languages
- Oh good, Professor. - Quiet!
And now, miss.
Spanish is the mother tongue
from which all the neo-Spanish languages were born,
Spanish, Latin, Italian, French,
Portuguese, Rumanian, Sardinian or
Sardanapalian and also, in a certain way, Turkish.
Yes, Profesor.
That which distinguish the neo-Spanish language from each other
and from the other linguistic groups,
The diference is in the resemblance!
the resemblance, the resemblance...
between them...
The diference is in the resemblance!
But thes are merely generalities...
- Let's go on! - Yes, Professor.
Well, miss.listen carefully and remember this to your very last day.
- Every language is composed sounds or... - Phonems...
Listen to me and don't show of.
Yes, Professor.
in order to articulate clearly,
one must lift the neck and chin and rise up on the tips of the toes...
This way...
- Yes, Professor. - Keep quiet, remain seated
The sounds should be projected very loudly
with all the force of the lungs.
I've got a toothache, Professor.
Never mind! Let's continue!
Yes, Professor.
As for the neo-Spanish languages, they are closely related.
That's why it's so important to pronounce carefully.
Having mention that, here is an example of a special case.
I'm speaking about a person who had a very serious defect.
He couldn't pronounce the letter
Instead of f...
he said...
Instead of France he said France.
Instead of Philip he said Philip.
Instead of Philosophy...philosophy.
He managed to conceal his fault by using hats.
I have a thoothache...
Let's go on!
all the words in all these languages are the same...
The roots, the prefixes and the terminations,
and even the meaning!
Everything is identical!
I have a thhthache...
Certainly, Let's go on!
Let's take the following phrase:
The roses of my grandmother
are as yellow as my grandfather who was born in Asia!
And here it is in Spanish:
The roses of my grandmother
are as yellow as my grandfather who was born in Asia!
And in neo-Spanish:
The roses of my grandmother
are as yellow as my grandfather who was born in Asia!
It sounds the same...
My teeth hurts!
Shut up!
- The diference between the neo-Spanish tongues, - My teeth...
- does not lie in the words, - My teeth...
- and even not in the structure - My teeth...
- not in the accentuatuation and not the rhythm - My teeth hurts!
Silence! or I'll smash your skull!
the teeth...
And here is the final example!
This is a knife.
A knife, a knife, a knife...
And now we shall translate it to the other languages.
Knife in Italian, knife in French,
Knife in neo-Latin, knife in Sardic, סכין בניאו-לטינית, סכין בסארדית,
In Sardic, in Sardanapalic,
A knife, a knife, a knife...
a knife!!!
Well done, Professor.
It looks like you had a good lesson.
It's already the fourth time today.
At your age, Sir, you should be ashamed.
You might get sick and without no students.
Nevertheless, you are a good boy...
I pity you.
Don't worry Professor, I will take care of everything.
Forty coffins, some flowers... ארבעים ארונות, וקצת פרחים.
You better remember, Professor...
leads to Philology,
and philology...
leads to disaster!
and now Professor,
It's better to take her out of here.
We'll do it together...
Just a moment, I'm coming.