Callbacks: "Cabaret"


HERR SCHULTZ/FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER

Inside HERE SCHULTZ’S fruit shop. He is Jewish - very warm and cheerful and very much in love with FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER (she is not Jewish), as they have announced their engagement the night before. FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER enters. Normally full of vitality, warm and maternal - today she is obviously troubled.

 

SCHULTZ
Fraulein Schneider – Good morning!

 

SCHNEIDER
Good morning, Herr Schultz.

 

SCHULTZ
New apples. Fresh off the tree. Perfection! (He wipes it off and hands it to her.) Please….

 

SCHNEIDER
(Refusing it) Perhaps later.

 

SCHULTZ
Such a party last evening! I have never been to a finer party! Such food! Such music! (Suddenly very contrite) Can you ever forgive me?

 

SCHNEIDER
For what? A few glasses of Schnapps?

 

SCHULTZ
I promise you – on our wedding day – no drinking – you will be proud of me.

 

SCHNEIDER
I am already proud of you. But – as concerns the wedding…

 

SCHULTZ
Yes?

 

SCHNEIDER
There are problems. New problems.

 

SCHULTZ
If it is my drunkenness – I swear to you, Fraulein: I am not an alcoholic.

 

SCHNEIDER
There is a thing – far more serious.

 

SCHULTZ
A new problem….

 

SCHNEIDER
New to me – because I have not thought about it. But at the party my eyes were opened.

 

SCHULTZ
And?

 

SCHNEIDER
I saw that one can no longer dismiss the Nazis. Because suddenly they are my friends and neighbors. And how many others? And – if so – is it possible they will come to power?

 

SCHULTZ
And you will be married to a Jew.

 

SCHNEIDER
(frightened) I need my license to rent my rooms! If they take it away…

 

SCHULTZ
They will take nothing away. I promise you. (quietly) I feel such tenderness for you. It is difficult to express. Are we too old for words like love?

 

SCHNEIDER
Far too old. I am no Juliet. You are no Romeo. We must be sensible.

 

SCHULTZ
And live alone. How many meals have you eaten alone? A thousand? Ten thousand?

 

SCHNEIDER
Fifty thousand.

 

SCHULTZ
Then be sensible. Governments come. Governments go. How much longer can we wait? (FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER says nothing) Let me peel you an orange…