en-es  The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
Los diarios de Adán y Eva.

Por Mark Twain.

Adán: Querido diario. Esta nueva criatura con los cabellos largos me sale al paso a cada rato. Está siempre merodeando y siguiéndome por todas partes. No me gusta esto: no estoy acostumbrado a tener compañía. Ojalá estuviera con los otros animales. (Para sí mismo) Nublado hoy, viento del Este, pienso que nosotros tendremos lluvia. ¿Nosotros? ¿De dónde saqué esa palabra? Lo recuerdo ahora, la otra criatura la usa.

Eva: se alarga como una zanahoria. Pienso que es un hombre. Nunca había visto un hombre, pero se parece a uno, y estoy segura de que es eso lo que es.
Al principio tenía miedo de él, porque pensé que iba a cazarme, pero poco a poco averigüé que sólo estaba intentando escapar, así que lo seguí varias horas, lo que le puso nervioso y triste. Al final estaba muy incómodo y trepó a un árbol. Esperé un rato, después me di por vencida y me fui a casa.
Hoy otra vez lo mismo. Yo hice que se subiera al árbol de nuevo.

Adán: He estado examinando la gran catarata. Es lo más excelente del país, pienso yo. La nueva criatura la llama Cataratas del Niágara – porqué, estoy seguro de que no lo sé. Dice que se ve como las Cataratas del Niágara. (Para sí mismo) Eso no es una razón, eso es mera torpeza.
No tengo oportunidad de nombrar nada por mi cuenta. La nueva criatura le pone nombre a todo lo que pasa por ahí, antes de que yo pueda protestar. Y siempre ofrece la misma excusa – se ve como la cosa. Ahí está el dodo, por ejemplo. Dice que nada más mirarlo se ve a primera vista que "se ve como un dodo". Tiene que llevar ese nombre, no hay duda. Me cansa preocuparme por eso, y no sirve de nada, de todas formas. ¡Dodo! No se parece más a un dodo de lo que me parezco yo.
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Eva: Toda la semana lo seguí por todas partes y traté de conocerlo. Yo tenía que llevar la conversación, porque él era muy tímido, pero no me importaba. Parecía complacido de tenerme cerca, y yo usé muchas veces el amistoso "nosotros", porque parecía que le agradaba que lo incluyera.

Adán: Desearía que no hablara. Habla sin parar. Y ese nuevo sonido está tan próximo a mí. Está justo en mi hombro, justo en mi oído, primero en un lado y luego en el otro.

Eva: Hola. (Ninguna respuesta, va para otro lado) ¿Hola? ¿Sabes dónde estamos?

Adán: (Al público) Yo tenía un nombre muy bueno para la finca y era musical y bonito – Jardín del Edén.

Eva: Pero son todo bosques y paisaje y no tiene parecido con un jardín. Se parece a un parque y no se parece a nada más que a un parque. Por lo tanto se llama el Parque de las Cataratas del Niágara.

Adán: Mi vida no es tan feliz como era.

Eva: nos hemos llevado muy bien ciertamente ahora, y va mejorando y nos conocemos mejor. No trata más de evitarme, lo cual es una buena señal. Durante el último día o dos he quitado todo el trabajo de nombrar las cosas de sus manos, y esto ha sido un gran alivio para él, porque que no tiene el don en esa línea, y está evidentemente muy agradecido.
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Adam: Solía ser tan placentero y quieto aquí. Esta mañana encontré a la criatura nueva tratando de apear manzanas del árbol prohibido.

Eve: Traté de obtener algunas de aquellas manzanas pero no puedo aprender a lanzar directo.

Adán: Están prohibidads y te harás daño.

Eve: Creo que mis buenas intenciones le complacen. (A Adán) Entonces si me causo daño para complacerte, ¿por qué me importaría ese daño? Mi nombre es Eva. Soy una ella, no soy una cosa, y fui hecha de una costilla tomada de su cuerpo. Puedes gritar "Eva", cuando quieras que venga a tí. (El no responde y ella se aleja tristemente).

Adán: Se cayó en un estanque ayer cuando se estaba mirando a sí misma en él, lo cual está haciendo siempre. Estuvo a punto de ahogarse, lo que la hizo sentirse mal por las creaturas que viven ahí, las cuales llama "peces". Ella continúa poniendo nombres a las cosas que no los necesitan, y no vienen cuando se las llama por ellos. De todos modos, consiguió un montón de ellos y los trajo la noche pasada, y los puso en mi cama para que se calentaran, pero los he notado por aquí y por allá todo el día y no veo que estén más felices que como eran antes, solo más quietos.
Cuando llegue la noche los sacaré fuera. No volveré a dormir con ellos, porque me parecen pegajosos y desagradables para acostarme entre ellos.

3.

Eva: Él no se interesó por mi nombre. Traté de esconder mi decepción, pero supongo que no lo conseguí.
Él habla muy poco. Tal vez es porque no es muy brillante y eso le preocupa y desea disimularlo. Es una pena que se sintiera así, porque la brillantez no es nada; es en el corazón donde reside el valor. Desearía poder hacerle entender que un buen corazón que ama es suficiente riqueza, y que sin ello el intelecto es pobreza.

Adán: Ahora se ha hecho amiga de una serpiente. Los otros animales están contentos, porque ella siempre estaba experimentando con ellos y molestándolos; y yo estoy contento porque la serpiente habla, y esto me permite tener un descanso

Eva: Yo estaba tratando de perforar un agujero en un trozo de madera con un palo seco cuando, de pronto, salieron disparadas grandes llamas ¡y supe en un instante que había inventado el fuego! Las llamas trepaban a los árboles, destellaban espléndidamente dentro y fuera del vasto y creciente volumen de humo que avanzaba con fuerza. Él vino corriendo.

Adán: (de pie allí mirando durante varios minutos) ¿Qué es eso?

Eva: Ah, estuvo muy mal que tuviera que hacer una pregunta tan directa. Yo tuve que responderla, por supuesto. (A Adán) Es fuego. (A la audiencia) Le molestó que yo lo supiera y que él tuviera que preguntar, pero no era mi culpa.

Adán: (Después de una pausa) ¿Cómo llegó?
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Eva: Yo lo hice.

Adán: ¿Qué es eso?

Eva: Brasas. (A la audiencia) Él cogió un para examinarla, pero cambió de opinión y la posó de nuevo. (Él lo hace) Entonces se fue. Nada le interesa.

Adán: Ella dice que la Serpiente le aconseja probar la fruta de ese árbol, y el resultado será una educación fina y noble. Le dije que tendría otro resultado, además – introduciría la muerte en el mundo. Le aconsejé que se mantuviera alejada del árbol. Ella dijo que no lo haría. Preveo problemas. Emigraremos.
(La iluminación cambia) He tenido un tiempo abigarrado. Escapé anoche y cabalgué en un caballo toda la noche tan rápido como podía, esperando abandonar el parque y esconderme en algún otro país antes de que empiecen los problemas; pero no fue posible. Aproximadamente una hora antes de la aurora, cuando estaba cabalgando a través de una llanura donde estaban pastando miles de animales, de repente en la llanura había una conmoción frenética, y cada bestia estaba destruyendo a las que estaban a su lado.
Yo supe lo que significaba – Eva tenía esa fruta y la muerte había venido al mundo. Los tigres se comieron mi caballo, no prestando atención cuando les ordené que desistieran, y me hubieran comido a mí si me hubiera quedado. Encontré este lugar fuera del parque, y estuvo bastante bien por unos pocos días hasta que ella me descubrió.

Eva: Este lugar es Tonawanda. Se ve como Tonawanda. Te traje algunas manzanas para comer.

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Adán: Había poco que recolectar aquí, así que me vi obligado a comerlas, aunque fuera en contra de mis principios. Encuentro que los principios no tienen una fuerza real más que cuando se está bien alimentado. (A Eva) ¿Por qué llevas puestas esas cosas tan ridículas?

Eva: Lo sabrás pronto.

Adán: (De pronto recoge ropa en torno a él) Esa ropa es incómoda, pero con estilo, y eso es lo que cuenta tratándose de ropa.

Eva: Ahora se nos ordena trabajar para nuestra subsistencia de ahora en adelante. Trabajaremos juntos.

Adán: Encuentro que es una gran compañera. Veo que estaría solitario y deprimido sin ella, ahora que he perdido mis pertenencias.
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Eva: (Mayor) Cuando miro hacia atrás, el Jardín es un sueño para mí. Era sorprendentemente hermoso, y ahora está perdido, y no lo veré nunca más.
El Jardín está perdido, pero lo he encontrado a él y estoy contenta. El me ama tanto como puede, yo lo amo con la fuerza de mi apasionada naturaleza, como es apropiado a mi género. Si me pregunto a mi misma por qué lo amo, me doy cuenta de que no lo sé, y no me importa mucho saberlo. Amo ciertas aves por su canto; pero no amo a Adán por su canto. Estoy segura de que puedo aprender a gustarle, porque al principio no podía soportarlo, pero ahora puedo. Agria la leche, pero puedo acostumbrarme a esa clase de leche.
No es por su viveza que lo amo — no, n es por eso.
El no se puede culpar por su viveza, con el tiempo se desarrollará, aunque pienso que no será repentino.
No es por su educación que lo amo, no, no es por eso.
El sabe muchas cosas grandiosas, pero no lo son tanto.
En el fondo es bueno, y lo amo por eso, pero lo podría amar sin esto. Si él me pegara y me abusara, continuaría amándolo.
El es fuerte y guapo, y lo amo por eso, y lo admiro y estoy orgullosa de él, pero lo podría amar sin esas cualidades. Si no fuera atractivo, lo amaría; si fuera un despojo lo amaría; y trabajaría para él, me esclavizaría para él, y rezaría por él y velaría a la cabecera de su cama hasta que muriera.
Entonces ¿por qué es que lo amo?
Simplemente porque es mío. No hay otra razón, supongo.
Esta clase de amor no es un producto de razonamientos y estadísticas... Simplemente viene, y no se puede explicar. Y no lo necesita.

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Adán: (Mayor) Después de todos estos años, veo que estaba equivocado sobre Eva al principio; es mejor vivir fuera del Jardín con ella que dentro sin ella. Al principio pensaba que ella hablaba demasiado; pero ahora sentiría muchísimo si se silenciara esa voz y se fuera de mi vida.
¡Bendita sea la manzana que nos unió y me enseñó a conocer la bondad de su corazón y la dulzura de su espíritu!

Eva: (Mucho mayor) Es mi oración que nos vayamos juntos de esta vida.
Pero si uno de nosotros tiene que irse primero, es mi oración que sea yo; porque él es fuerte, yo soy débil, yo no soy tan necesaria para él como él lo es para mí. La vida sin él no sería vida; ¿cómo podría soportarla?

Adán: (Mucho mayor) Ahora que ella se fue, sé una cosa; dondequiera que ella estuviera, ahí estaba el Edén.
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The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
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By Mark Twain.
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Adam: Dear Diary.
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This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way.
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It is always hanging around and following me about.
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I don’t like this: I am not used to company.
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I wish it would stay with the other animals.
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(To himself) Cloudy today, wind in the east, think we shall have rain.
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We?
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Where did I get thatword?
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I remember now, the other creature uses it.
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Eve: It tapers like a carrot.
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I think it is a man.
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I had never seen a man, but it looked like one, and I feel sure that that is what it is.
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At last it was a good deal worried, and climbed a tree.
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I waited a while, then gave up and went home.
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Today the same thing over.
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I got it up the tree again.
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Adam: Been examining the great waterfall.
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It is the finest thing on the estate, I think.
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The new creature calls it Niagara Falls -- why, I am sure I do not know.
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Says it looks like Niagara falls.
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(To himself) That is not a reason, that is mere awkwardness.
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I get no chance to name anything myself.
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The new creature names everything that comes along, before I can get in a protest.
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And always the same excuse is offered---it looks like the thing.
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There is the dodo, for instance.
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It wearies me to fret about it, and it does no good, anyway.
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Dodo!
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It looks no more like a dodo than I do.
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Eve: All the week I tagged around after him and tried to get acquainted.
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I had to do the talking, because he was shy, but I didn’t mind it.
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Adam: I wish it would not talk.
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It is always talking.
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And this new sound is so close to me.
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It is right at my shoulder, right at my ear, first on one side and then on the other.
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Eve: Hello.
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(No response, goes to other side) Hello?
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Do you know where we are?
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Eve: But it’s all woods and rocks and scenery and bears no resemblance to a garden.
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It looks like a park, and does not look like anything but a park.
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Therefore, it is called Niagara Falls Park.
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Adam: My life is not as happy as it was.
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He does not try to avoid me any more, which is a good sign.
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2.
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Adam: It used to be so pleasant and quiet here.
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This morning found the new creature trying to clod apples out of that forbidden tree.
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Eve: I tried to get you some of those apples but I cannot learn to throw straight.
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Adam: They are forbidden and you will come to harm.
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Eve: I think my good intentions pleased him.
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(To Adam) So I come to harm through pleasing you, why should I care for that harm?
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My name is Eve.
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I am a she, and not an it, and I was made out of a rib taken from your body.
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You can call out “Eve”, whenever you want me to come to you.
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(He does not respond and she moves away sadly).
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When night comes I shall put them outdoors.
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I will not sleep with them again, for I find them clammy and unpleasant to lie among.
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3.
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Eve: He took no interest in my name.
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I tried to hide my disappointment, but I suppose I did not succeed.
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He talks very little.
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Adam: She has taken up with a snake now.
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He came running up.
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Adam: (Standing there watching for several minutes) What is it?
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Eve: Ah, it was too bad that he had to ask such a direct question.
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I had to answer it, of course.
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(To Adam) It is fire.
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Adam: (After a pause) How did it come?
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4.
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Eve: I made it.
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Adam: What are these?
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Eve: Fire-coals.
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(He does) Then he went away.
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Nothing interests him.
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I told her there would be another result, too---it would introduce death in the world.
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I advised her to keep away from the tree.
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She said she wouldn’t.
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I foresee trouble.
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Will emigrate.
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(Lighting change) I have had a variegated time.
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I knew what it meant---Eve had that fruit and death had come into the world.
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I found this place outside the Park, and was fairly comfortable for a few days until she found me out.
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Eve: This place is Tonawanda.
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It looks like Tonawanda.
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I brought you some apples to eat.
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5.
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I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
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(To Eve) Why are you wearing those ridiculous things?
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Eve: You’ll soon know.
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Eve: We are now ordered to work for our living hereafter.
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We will work together.
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Adam: I find that she is a good deal of a companion.
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I see I should be lonesome and depressed without her, now that I have lost my property.
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6.
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Eve: (Older) When I look back, the Garden is a dream to me.
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It was surpassingly beautiful, and now it is lost, and I shall not see it anymore.
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The Garden is lost, but I have found him, and am content.
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I am sure I can learn to like it, because at first I could not stand it, but now I can.
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It sours the milk, but I can get used to that kind of milk.
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It is not on account of his brightness that I love him---no, it is not that.
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It is not on account of his education that I love him, not it is not that.
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He knows a great many things, but they are not so.
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At bottom he is good, and I love him for that, but I could love him without it.
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If he should beat me and abuse me, I should go on loving him.
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Then why is it that I love him?
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Merely because he is mine.
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There is no other reason, I suppose.
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And doesn’t need to.
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7.
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Eve: (Much older) It is my prayer that we may pass from this life together.
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Life without him would not be life; how could I endure it?
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The Diaries of Adam and Eve.

By Mark Twain.

Adam:
Dear Diary. This new creature with the long hair is a good deal in the way. It is always hanging around and following me about. I don’t like this: I am not used to company. I wish it would stay with the other animals. (To himself) Cloudy today, wind in the east, think we shall have rain. We? Where did I get thatword? I remember now, the other creature uses it.

Eve:
It tapers like a carrot. I think it is a man. I had never seen a man, but it looked like one, and I feel sure that that is what it is.
I was afraid of it at first, for I thought it was going to chase me, but by and by I found it was only trying to get away, so I tracked it along, several hours, which made it nervous and unhappy. At last it was a good deal worried, and climbed a tree. I waited a while, then gave up and went home.
Today the same thing over. I got it up the tree again.

Adam:
Been examining the great waterfall. It is the finest thing on the estate, I think. The new creature calls it Niagara Falls -- why, I am sure I do not know. Says it looks like Niagara falls. (To himself) That is not a reason, that is mere awkwardness.
I get no chance to name anything myself. The new creature names everything that comes along, before I can get in a protest. And always the same excuse is offered---it looks like the thing. There is the dodo, for instance. Says the moment that one looks at it one sees at a glance that it “looks like a dodo.” It will have to keep that name, no doubt. It wearies me to fret about it, and it does no good, anyway. Dodo! It looks no more like a dodo than I do.
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Eve:
All the week I tagged around after him and tried to get acquainted. I had to do the talking, because he was shy, but I didn’t mind it. He seemed please to have me around, and I used the sociable “we” a good deal, because it seemed to flatter him to be included.

Adam:
I wish it would not talk. It is always talking. And this new sound is so close to me. It is right at my shoulder, right at my ear, first on one side and then on the other.

Eve:
Hello. (No response, goes to other side) Hello? Do you know where we are?

Adam: (To audience)
I had a very good name for the estate, and it was musical and pretty --- Garden of Eden.

Eve:
But it’s all woods and rocks and scenery and bears no resemblance to a garden. It looks like a park, and does not look like anything but a park. Therefore, it is called Niagara Falls Park.

Adam:
My life is not as happy as it was.

Eve:
We are getting along very well indeed now, and getting better and better acquainted. He does not try to avoid me any more, which is a good sign. During the last day or two I have taken all the work of naming things off his hands, and this has been a great relief to him, for he has not gift in that line, and is evidently very grateful.
2.

Adam:
It used to be so pleasant and quiet here. This morning found the new creature trying to clod apples out of that forbidden tree.

Eve:
I tried to get you some of those apples but I cannot learn to throw straight.

Adam:
They are forbidden and you will come to harm.

Eve:
I think my good intentions pleased him. (To Adam) So I come to harm through pleasing you, why should I care for that harm? My name is Eve. I am a she, and not an it, and I was made out of a rib taken from your body. You can call out “Eve”, whenever you want me to come to you. (He does not respond and she moves away sadly).

Adam:
She fell in the pond yesterday when she was looking at herself in it, which she is always doing. She nearly strangled, which made her feel sorry for the creatures which live there, which she calls “fish”. She continues to fasten names on to things which don’t need them, and don’t come when they are called by them. Anyway, she got a lot of them out and brought them in last night, and put them in my bed to keep warm, but I have noticed them now and then all day and I don’t see that they are any happier than they were before, only quieter.
When night comes I shall put them outdoors. I will not sleep with them again, for I find them clammy and unpleasant to lie among.

3.

Eve:
He took no interest in my name. I tried to hide my disappointment, but I suppose I did not succeed.
He talks very little. Perhaps it is because he is not bright and is sensitive about it and wishes to conceal it. It is such a pity that he should feel so, for brightness is nothing; it is in the heart that the values lie. I wish I could make him understand that a loving good heart is riches enough, and that without it intellect is poverty.

Adam:
She has taken up with a snake now. The other animalsare glad, for she was always experimenting with them and bothering them; and I am glad because the snake talks, and this enables me to get a rest.

Eve:
I was trying to bore a hole in a piece of wood with a dry stick when suddenly, large flames shot up and I knew in an instant that I had invented fire! The flames climbed the trees, flashed splendidly in and out of the vast and increasing volume of tumbling smoke. He came running up.

Adam:
(Standing there watching for several minutes) What is it?

Eve:
Ah, it was too bad that he had to ask such a direct question. I had to answer it, of course. (To Adam) It is fire. (To audience) It annoyed him that I should know and he had to ask, but that’s not my fault.

Adam:
(After a pause) How did it come?
4.

Eve:
I made it.

Adam:
What are these?

Eve:
Fire-coals. (To Audience) He picked one up to examine it, but changed his mind and put it down again. (He does) Then he went away. Nothing interests him.

Adam:
She says the Snake advises her to try the fruit of that tree, and the result will be a fine and noble education. I told her there would be another result, too---it would introduce death in the world. I advised her to keep away from the tree. She said she wouldn’t. I foresee trouble. Will emigrate.
(Lighting change) I have had a variegated time. I escaped last night and rode a horse all night as fast as he could go, hoping to clear out of the Park and hide in some other country before the trouble could begin; but it was not to be. About an hour after sun-up, as I was riding through a plain where thousands of animals were grazing, all of a sudden the plain was a frantic commotion, and every beast was destroying its neighbor.
I knew what it meant---Eve had that fruit and death had come into the world. The tigers ate my horse, paying no attention when I ordered them to desist, and they would have eaten me if I had stayed. I found this place outside the Park, and was fairly comfortable for a few days until she found me out.

Eve:
This place is Tonawanda. It looks like Tonawanda. I brought you some apples to eat.

5.
Adam:
There were but meager pickings there, and I was obliged to eat them, even though it was against my principles. I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed. (To Eve) Why are you wearing those ridiculous things?

Eve:
You’ll soon know.

Adam:
(Suddenly gathers clothes up around him)
These clothes are uncomfortable, but stylish, and thatis the main point about clothes.

Eve:
We are now ordered to work for our living hereafter. We will work together.

Adam:
I find that she is a good deal of a companion. I see I should be lonesome and depressed without her, now that I have lost my property.
6.

Eve:
(Older) When I look back, the Garden is a dream to me. It was surpassingly beautiful, and now it is lost, and I shall not see it anymore.
The Garden is lost, but I have found him, and am content. He loves me as well as he can; I love him with all the strength of my passionate nature, as is appropriate to my gender. If I ask myself why I love him, I find I do not know, and do not really much care to know. I love certain birds because of their song; but I do not love Adam on account of his singing. I am sure I can learn to like it, because at first I could not stand it, but now I can. It sours the milk, but I can get used to that kind of milk.
It is not on account of his brightness that I love him---no, it is not that.
He is not to blame for his brightness,in time it will develop, though I think it will not be sudden.
It is not on account of his education that I love him, not it is not that.
He knows a great many things, but they are not so.
At bottom he is good, and I love him for that, but I could love him without it. If he should beat me and abuse me, I should go on loving him.
He is strong and handsome, and I love him for that, and I admire him and am proud of him, but I could love him without those qualities. If he were plain, I should love him; if he were a wreck, I should love him; and I would work for him, and slave over him, and pray for him, and watch by his bedside until I died.
Then why is it that I love him?
Merely because he is mine. There is no other reason, I suppose.
This kind of love is not a product of reasoning and statistics... it just comes, and cannot explain itself. And doesn’t need to.

7.
Adam:
(Older) After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her. At first I thought she talked too much; but now I should be sorry to have that voice fall silent and pass out of my life.
Blessed be the apple that brought us near together andtaught me to know the goodness of her heart and the sweetness of her spirit!

Eve:
(Much older) It is my prayer that we may pass from this life together.
But if one of us must go first, it is myprayer that it shall be I; for he is strong, I am weak, I am not so necessary to him as he is to me. Life without him would not be life; how could I endure it?

Adam:
(Much older) Now that she is gone, I know one thing; wheresoever she was, there was Eden.