en-fr  The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
Les journaux intimes d'Adam et d'Eve.

De Mark Twain.

Adam : cher journal. Cette nouvelle créature, sur le chemin, avec sa longue chevelure, est une bonne affaire. Elle traîne constamment et me suit partout. Je n'aime pas cela : je n'ai pas l'habitude de voir du monde. J'espère qu'elle restera avec les autres animaux. (À lui-même) C'est nuageux aujourd'hui, le vent vient de l'est, je pense que nous aurons de la pluie. Nous ? Où ai-je trouvé ce mot ? Je me souviens à présent, l'autre créature l'utilise.

Eve : il se rétrécit comme une carotte. Je pense que c'est un homme. Je n'avais jamais vu d'homme, mais ça paraissait en être un, et je suis convaincue que c'en est un.
J'en avais peur au début et je pensais que ça allait me chasser, mais peu à peu j'ai découvert que ça tentait de s'éloigner, alors je l'ai poursuivi plusieurs heures, ça l'a rendu nerveux et contrarié. Enfin, c'était une créature encombrante inquiète, réfugiée sur un arbre. J'ai attendu un moment, puis lassée, j'ai regagné mon abri.
Aujourd'hui, j'ai recommencé le même manège. Je l'ai fait regrimper dans l'arbre.

Adam : Suis allé examiner les grandes chutes d'eau. C'est la meilleure chose qui soit sur le domaine, je pense. La nouvelle créature appelle ça les Chutes du Niagara... pourquoi ? assurément, je n'en sais rien. Il paraît que ça ressemble aux chutes du Niagara. (À lui-même) Ce n'est pas une raison, c'est une sottise de sa part.
Je n'ai aucune chance de trouver un nom à quelque chose moi-même. La nouvelle créature s'évertue à donner un nom à tout ce qu'elle aperçoit, avant que je puisse émettre une protestation. Et recourt toujours au même argument ... ça ressemble à ... en désignant la chose. Comme le dodo, par exemple. Du moment qu'on voit au premier coup d'œil que " ça ressemble à un dodo ", on doit garder ce nom, sans aucun doute. Ça me fatigue de me tracasser pour ça, et ce n'est pas bon, de toute façon. Dodo ! Ça ne ressemble pas plus à un dodo que je n'y ressemble.
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Eve : Toute la semaine j'ai fait des marques autour de lui et j'ai essayé de l'apprivoiser. J'ai dû faire la conversation , car il était intimidé, mais ça ne me dérangeait pas. Il paraissait content de m'avoir auprès de lui, et j'ai utilisé le vocable " nous " , une bonne chose, car ça semblait le flatter d'être compris.

Adam : Je souhaite que ça se taise. Ça cause toujours. Et ce nouveau bruit est si proche de moi. Il est juste à mon épaule, juste à mon oreille, d'abord d'un côté puis de l'autre.

Ève : Bonjour. (Pas de réponse, essaie de l'autre côté) Bonjour ? Savez-vous où nous sommes ?

Adam : (À l'auditoire) j'avais un très bon nom pour le domaine, et il était mélodieux et joli --- Jardin d'Éden.

Ève : Mais tous n'est que bois, roches et décors qui ne ressemblent en rien à un jardin. Ça ressemble à un parc et ne ressemble à rien d'autre qu'à un parc. Dès lors, ça s'appelle parc des chutes de Niagara. .

Adam : Ma vie est moins heureuse que par le passé.

Ève : Nous nous entendons vraiment très bien maintenant, et nous faisons de mieux en mieux connaissance. Il n'essaie plus de m'éviter, ce qui est bon signe. Ces derniers jours, je l'ai délivré de la charge de nommer les choses, et cela a été un grand soulagement pour lui, car il n'a aucun don pour cela et il m'en est évidemment très reconnaissant.
2.

Adam : C'était tellement agréable et calme ici. Ce matin, ai trouvé la nouvelle créature essayant de faire tomber des pommes en lançant des mottes de terre sur l'arbre interdit.

Ève : J'ai essayé de te procurer quelques unes de ces pommes mais je n'arrive pas à viser droit.

Adam : Elles sont interdites, on va avoir des ennuis.

Ève : Je pense qu'il apprécie mes bonnes intentions. (À Adam) Écoute, si je fais mal en te faisant plaisir, pourquoi devrais-je me soucier de ce mal ? Je m'appelle Ève. Tu dois dire « elle » et non « ça », et j'ai été faite d'une côte prise à ton corps. Chaque fois que tu veux que je vienne à toi, tu peux m'appeler : Ève !. (Il ne répond pas et elle s'éloigne tristement.)

Adam : Elle est tombée dans la mare, hier, quand elle se mirait dans l'eau, ce qu'elle n'arrête jamais de faire. Elle a failli s'étouffer, du coup elle s'est sentie désolée pour les créatures qui y vivent, qu'elle appelle « poissons ». Elle continue à donner un nom à des choses qui n'en ont pas besoin et qui ne viennent pas quand on les appelle par leur nom. Quoi qu'il en soit, elle en a sorti beaucoup et les a amenés la nuit dernière, les a posés dans mon lit pour les réchauffer ; je les ai observés de temps à autre dans la journée et je n'ai pas constaté qu'ils soient plus heureux qu'ils ne l'étaient auparavant, seulement plus paisibles.
À la tombée de la nuit, je les jetterai dehors. Je ne dormirai plus avec eux à nouveau, je les trouve visqueux et désagréables pour reposer auprès de moi.

3.

ÈVE : Il ne prête aucun intérêt à mon nom. J'ai tenté de dissimuler ma déception, mais je présume ne pas y avoir réussi.
Il ne s'exprime que très peu. Il n'est peut-être pas intelligent, cela le froisse et il veut s'en cacher. Ce serait tellement dommage qu'il le ressente ainsi, l'intelligence n'est rien ; c'est dans le coeur que résident les valeurs. J'aimerais lui faire comprendre qu'un coeur bon et aimant est une richesse suffisante, sans cette richesse l'intelligence n'est que pauvreté.

Adam : Elle s'est entichée d'un serpent maintenant. Les autres animaux sont ravis, elle leur faisait toujours subir des expériences et les dérangeait ; je suis satisfait car le serpent parle et ceci me permet de me reposer.

Eve: J'essayais de percer un trou dans un morceau de bois avec un baton sec quand soudain de grosses flammes ont jailli et un instant j'ai cru que j'avais inventé le feu ! Les flammes sont montées jusqu'aux arbres en éclairant magnifiquement à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur du gros nuage de fumée qui e sortait en grossissant. Il arriva en courant.

Adam: (restant debout à regarder pendant plusieurs minutes) Q'est-ce que c'est ?

Eve : Ah, c'est trop moche qu'il soit obligé de poser une question aussi directe. Il me faut y répondre, bien sûr. (À Adam) C'est du feu. (A l'auditoire) Ça l'ennuie que je sache et qu'il doive demander, mais ce n'est pas ma faute.

Adam : (Après une pause) Comment est-ce arrivé ?
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Eve: C'est moi qui l'ai fait

Adam: qu'est-ce que c'est que ça ?

Eve : des charbons de bois. (À l'auditoire) Il en saisit un pour l'examiner, mais changea d'avis et le reposa. (Il l'a fait) Puis il s'en alla. Il ne s'intéresse à rien.

Adam : Elle dit que le Serpent lui conseille de goûter le fruit de cet arbre, et qu'il en résultera une belle et noble éducation. Je lui ai révélé aussi, qu'il y aurait un autre résultat ... ça instaurerait la mort dans le monde. Je lui conseillais de s'éloigner de l'arbre. Elle m'a dit qu'elle ne le ferait pas. Je voyais venir les ennuis. Envie d'émigrer.
(Changement d'éclairage) J'ai fait des choses diverses et variées. Je me suis enfui la nuit dernière et j'ai galopé sur un cheval toute la nuit, aussi vite que possible, dans l'espoir de sortir du parc et de me cacher dans un autre pays avant que les ennuis ne commencent ; mais ça ne s'est pas passé comme je voulais. Environ une heure après le lever du soleil, alors que je traversais une plaine où des milliers d'animaux paissaient, tout à coup la plaine a été prise d'une agitation effrénée et toutes les bêtes se sont entredévorées.
Je compris ce que cela signifiait : Ève avait cueilli ce fruit et la mort venait d'envahir le monde. Les tigres se jetèrent sur mon cheval, ne m'accordant aucune attention quand je leur ordonnai de cesser, et ils m'auraient dévoré si j'étais resté. Je me suis installé à cet endroit, à l'extérieur du parc, il s'est avéré assez confortable pendant quelques jours... jusqu'à ce qu'elle me trouve.

Ève : Cet endroit se nomme Tonawanda. Il ressemble à Tonawanda. Je t'ai apporté quelques pommes à manger.

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Adam : Il n'y avait là que de maigres rognures, et je fus obligé de les manger, même si cela allait contre mes principes. Je trouve que les principes n'ont pas véritablement de force sauf si on est bien nourri. (À Ève) Pourquoi portes-tu ces choses ridicules ?

Ève : Tu le sauras bientôt.

Adam: (Soudain il se met à glaner des vêtements tout autour de lui) Ces vêtements sont inconfortables, mais élégants, et c'est principalement ce qu'on attend des vêtements.

Ève : Nous avons désormais l'ordre de travailler pour assurer notre vie future. Nous travaillerons ensemble.

Adam : Je trouve qu'Ève est une très bonne compagne. Je vois que je serais seul et déprimé sans elle, maintenant que j'ai perdu mes biens.
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ÈVE : (Plus âgée) Quand j'y repense, le Jardin m'est un rêve. Il était excessivement magnifique et maintenant il est perdu et je ne le verrai plus.
Le Jardin est perdu, mais je l'ai trouvé lui et j'en suis satisfaite. Il m'aime autant qu'il peut ; je l'aime avec toute l'intensité de ma nature passionnée, laquelle est appropriée à mon genre. Si je me demande pourquoi je l'aime, je constate que je l'ignore et je ne m'en soucie guère. J'aime certains oiseaux pour leur chant ; toutefois ce n'est pas pour son chant que j'aime Adam. Je suis certaine que je peux apprendre à l'aimer, au début je ne pouvais pas le supporter, à présent je peux. Son chant aigrit le lait, mais je peux m'habituer à ce genre de lait.
Ce n'est pas à cause de son intelligence que je l'aime ... non, ce n'est pas cela.
Il n'est pas à blâmer pour son intelligence, elle évoluera avec le temps; bien que je pense que ça n'arrivera pas de manière soudaine.
Ce n'est pas à cause de son instruction que je l'aime, non ce n'est pas cela.
Il connaît une multitude de choses, mais elles sont différentes.
Au fond, il fait preuve de bonté, et je l'aime pour cette qualité, mais je pourrais l'aimer sans cela. S'il devait me maltraiter et me brutaliser, je continuerais à l'aimer.
Il est fort et beau, je l'aime pour cela, je l'admire et je suis fière de lui, toutefois j'éprouverais de l'amour pour lui sans ces qualités. S'il se plaignait, je l'aimerais ; s'il était anéanti, je l'aimerais. Je travaillerais pour lui, et je serais son esclave, et je prierais pour lui, et je veillerais à son chevet jusqu'à ma mort.
Pourquoi est-ce que je l'aime ?
Tout simplement parce qu'il est à moi. Il n'y a pas d'autre raison, je pense.
Un amour comme celui-ci n'est pas le produit de la raison ni des statistiques... il survient, c'est tout simple, on ne peut pas l'expliquer. Il n'en a pas besoin.

7.
Adam : (Plus âgé) Après toutes ces années, je vois, qu'au début, je me suis trompé au sujet d'Ève ; mieux vaut vivre hors du Jardin avec elle qu'à l'intérieur sans elle. Au début, je pensais qu'elle parlait beaucoup trop ; mais maintenant, je serais navré que sa voix se taise et disparaisse de ma vie
Bénie soit la pomme qui nous a rapprochés et m'a appris à connaître la bonté de son cœur et la douceur de son âme !

Ève : (Plus âgée) Je prie pour que nous puissions poursuivre notre vie ensemble.
Et si l'un d'entre nous doit partir en premier, je prie pour que ce soit moi ; car il est fort alors que je suis faible et je ne lui suis pas aussi nécessaire qu'il l'est pour moi. La vie sans lui ne serait pas la vie ; comment pourrais-je endurer cela ?

Adam : (Beaucoup plus âgé) Maintenant qu'elle est partie, je sais une chose ; partout où elle fut, c'était le Paradis.
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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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Eve: We are getting along very well indeed now, and getting better and better acquainted.
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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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Perhaps it is because he is not bright and is sensitive about it and wishes to conceal it.
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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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(To audience) It annoyed him that I should know and he had to ask, but that’s not my fault.
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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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(To Audience) He picked one up to examine it, but changed his mind and put it down again.
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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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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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If I ask myself why I love him, I find I do not know, and do not really much care to know.
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I love certain birds because of their song; but I do not love Adam on account of his singing.
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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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He is not to blame for his brightness,in time it will develop, though I think it will not be sudden.
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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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unit 148
Adam: (Much older) Now that she is gone, I know one thing; wheresoever she was, there was Eden.
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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.
1.
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.