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Teahouse - Act II (Part) 《茶馆》 第二幕 (部分)

老舍茶馆 第二部分) Teahouse by Lao She - Act II (Part)



时间
相隔余年现在袁世凯死后帝国主义指使中国军阀进行割据时时发动内战时候初夏上午



Time:
The time is separated from the previous act by ten years. Yuan Shikai is
dead and imperialism is causing China to be cut up by warlords. There
are frequent calls to mobilize for civil war. Early summer, in the
morning.



地点



Place:
As in the previous act



[北京茶馆先后相继。“裕泰硕果仅存一家可是避免淘汰改变样子作风 ...



[The curtain rises:
The teahouses in the city of Beijing are closing one after another.
“Yu Tai” is one of the few remaining great teahouses but has changed its
style to avoid being weeded out. ...



王淑芬
李三辫子碍事咱们茶馆小辫



Wang Shufen:
(Seeing that Li San's ponytail is in the way) Li San, our teahouse has
already been renovated. Shouldn't your ponytail should be cut off too?



李三
改良改良冰凉



Li San:
Let's improve it! Let's improve it!
The more we improve the more cool — as cool as ice.



王淑芬
不能那么听说西直门广鼓楼这些茶馆先后只有咱们裕泰为什么不是因为爸爸懂得改良



Wang Shufen:
Well, we can't really say that.
You see, Li San, I hear that the Detai teahouse in Xizhimen, the Guangtai
teahouse at Beixin Bridge, and the Tiantai teahouse in front of the Drum
Tower have all closed one after another. Our Yutai teahouse is the only
one still open. Why is that? Isn't it because Shunzi's father understands
how to renovate?



李三
皇上总算改良可是袁世凯还是皇上袁世凯死后天下今儿明儿关城改良小辫万一皇上回来



Li San:
Heng! The emperor did not have it and in the end there was a big
renovation! Renovate or not, Yuan Shikai would have been better as the
emperor. After Yuan Shikai died there was a bunch of chaos. Today canon
fire, tomorrow closing a city. Is that improvement? Heng! I will keep my
ponytail just in case the emperor comes back.



王淑芬
顽固人家咱们民国咱们随着咱们这么收拾不比以前干净好看招待文明人体面可是小辫多么不顺



Wang Shufen:
Don't be obstinate, Li San. Other people have given us a republic and we
still do not follow? Look, we clean and clean but it is not as neat and
good looking as before. Doesn't specializing in entertaining cultured
people require even more dignity? However, you insist on wearing a
ponytail and it is not pleasing to the eye.



Source: Lao She, 2010. Tea House 《茶馆》. Hainan Press, Haikou, Hainan,
pp. 25-26.


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