Παρασκευή, 7 Οκτωβρίου 2011

Περιμένουμε να έρθει ο Γκοντό



Ας μη χάνουμε την ώρα μας με μάταια λόγια ! (Παύση. Με έξαψη) Ας κάνουμε κάτι γρήγορα, τώρα που μας προσφέρεται μια τέτοια ευκαιρία ! Δε μας τυχαίνει κάθε μέρα να μας χρειάζονται. Δε λέω, βέβαια, πως χρειάζονται εμάς προσωπικά. Κι άλλοι πολλοί θα τα κατάφερναν το ίδιο καλά στη θέση μας, για να μην πω καλύτερα. Αυτή η έκκληση για βοήθεια που αντηχεί ακόμα στ’ αυτιά μας, απευθύνεται αναμφίβολα στην ανθρωπότητα ολόκληρη ! Τούτη τη στιγμή όμως, σε τούτη εδώ την άκρη, η ανθρωπότητα ολόκληρη είμαστε εμείς, είτε μας αρέσει είτε όχι. Ας σπεύσουμε να επωφεληθούμε, λοιπόν, πριν είναι πολύ αργά! Ας εκπροσωπήσουμε επάξια κι εμείς για μια φορά τη σιχαμένη φάρα εις την οποίαν μας έριξε η μαύρη μας μοίρα ! Τι λες και συ ; (Ο Εστραγκόν δε λέει τίποτα) Είναι βέβαια αλήθεια ότι καθήμενοι εδώ με τα χέρια σταυρωμένα και σταθμίζοντας τα υπέρ και τα κατά τιμάμε εξίσου το είδος μας. Η τίγρη δεν κάθεται ποτέ να το σκεφτεί· ή τρέχει να βοηθήσει τους ομοίους της, ή χώνεται στην πλησιέστερη λόχμη. Αλλά το θέμα δεν είν’ αυτό. Το θέμα είναι τι κάνουμε εμείς εδώ, μάλιστα, ιδού η απορία. Και έχουμε την ευτυχία να ξέρουμε την απάντηση. Ναι, μέσα σ’ αυτή την απέραντη σύγχυση, ένα είναι ξεκάθαρο: Περιμένουμε να έρθει ο Γκοντό.

Πράξη Δεύτερη.

VLADIMIR: At last! (He goes towards the heap.) Reinforcements at last! POZZO: Help! ESTRAGON: Is it Godot? VLADIMIR: We were beginning to weaken. Now we're sure to see the evening out. POZZO: Help! ESTRAGON: Do you hear him? VLADIMIR: We are no longer alone, waiting for the night, waiting for Godot, waiting for . . . waiting. All evening we have struggled, unassisted. Now it's over. It's already tomorrow. POZZO: Help! VLADIMIR: Time flows again already. The sun will set, the moon rise, and we away . . . from here. POZZO: Pity! VLADIMIR: Poor Pozzo! ESTRAGON: I knew it was him. VLADIMIR: Who? ESTRAGON: Godot. VLADIMIR: But it's not Godot. ESTRAGON: It's not Godot? VLADIMIR: It's not Godot. ESTRAGON: Then who is it? VLADIMIR: It's Pozzo. POZZO: Here! Here! Help me up! VLADIMIR: He can't get up. ESTRAGON: Let's go. VLADIMIR: We can't. ESTRAGON: Why not? VLADIMIR: We're waiting for Godot. ESTRAGON: Ah! VLADIMIR: Perhaps he has another bone for you. ESTRAGON: Bone? VLADIMIR: Chicken. Do you not remember? ESTRAGON: It was him? VLADIMIR: Yes. ESTRAGON: Ask him. VLADIMIR: Perhaps we should help him first. ESTRAGON: To do what? VLADIMIR: To get up. ESTRAGON: He can't get up? VLADIMIR: He wants to get up. ESTRAGON: Then let him get up. VLADIMIR: He can't. ESTRAGON: Why not? VLADIMIR: I don't know. Pozzo writhes, groans, beats the ground with his fists. ESTRAGON: We should ask him for the bone first. Then if he refuses we'll leave him there. VLADIMIR: You mean we have him at our mercy? ESTRAGON: Yes. VLADIMIR: And that we should subordinate our good offices to certain conditions? ESTRAGON: What? VLADIMIR: That seems intelligent all right. But there's one thing I'm afraid of. POZZO: Help! ESTRAGON: What? VLADIMIR: That Lucky might get going all of a sudden. Then we'd be ballocksed. ESTRAGON: Lucky? VLADIMIR: The one that went for you yesterday. ESTRAGON: I tell you there was ten of them. VLADIMIR: No, before that, the one that kicked you. ESTRAGON: Is he there? VLADIMIR: As large as life. (Gesture towards Lucky.) For the moment he is inert. But he might run amuck any minute. POZZO: Help! ESTRAGON: And suppose we gave him a good beating, the two of us. VLADIMIR: You mean if we fell on him in his sleep? ESTRAGON: Yes. VLADIMIR: That seems a good idea all right. But could we do it? Is he really asleep? (Pause.) No, the best would be to take advantage of Pozzo's calling for help— POZZO: Help! VLADIMIR: To help him— ESTRAGON: We help him? VLADIMIR: In anticipation of some tangible return. ESTRAGON: And suppose he— VLADIMIR: Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! (Pause. Vehemently.) Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say? (Estragon says nothing.) It is true that when with folded arms we weigh the pros and cons we are no less a credit to our species. The tiger bounds to the help of his congeners without the least reflection, or else he slinks away into the depths of the thickets. But that is not the question. What are we doing here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in this immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come— ESTRAGON: Ah! POZZO: Help! VLADIMIR: Or for night to fall. (Pause.) We have kept our appointment and that's an end to that. We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much? ESTRAGON: Billions. VLADIMIR: You think so? ESTRAGON: I don't know. VLADIMIR: You may be right. POZZO: Help! VLADIMIR: All I know is that the hours are long, under these conditions, and constrain us to beguile them with proceedings which –how shall I say– which may at first sight seem reasonable, until they become a habit. You may say it is to prevent our reason from foundering. No doubt. But has it not long been straying in the night without end of the abyssal depths? That's what I sometimes wonder. You follow my reasoning? ESTRAGON: (aphoristic for once). We are all born mad. Some remain so. POZZO: Help! I'll pay you! ESTRAGON: How much? POZZO: One hundred francs! ESTRAGON: It's not enough. VLADIMIR: I wouldn't go so far as that. ESTRAGON: You think it's enough? VLADIMIR: No, I mean so far as to assert that I was weak in the head when I came into the world. But that is not the question. POZZO: Two hundred! VLADIMIR: We wait. We are bored. (He throws up his hand.) No, don't protest, we are bored to death, there's no denying it. Good. A diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste. Come, let's get to work! (He advances towards the heap, stops in his stride.) In an instant all will vanish and we'll be alone once more, in the midst of nothingness! He broods. POZZO: Two hundred! VLADIMIR: We're coming! He tries to pull Pozzo to his feet, fails, tries again, stumbles, falls, tries to get up, fails. ESTRAGON: What's the matter with you all? VLADIMIR: Help! ESTRAGON: I'm going. VLADIMIR: Don't leave me! They'll kill me! POZZO: Where am I? VLADIMIR: Gogo! POZZO: Help! VLADIMIR: Help! ESTRAGON: I'm going. VLADIMIR: Help me up first, then we'll go together. ESTRAGON: You promise? VLADIMIR: I swear it! ESTRAGON: And we'll never come back? VLADIMIR: Never! ESTRAGON: We'll go to the Pyrenees. VLADIMIR: Wherever you like. ESTRAGON: I've always wanted to wander in the Pyrenees. VLADIMIR: You'll wander in them. ESTRAGON: (recoiling). Who farted? VLADIMIR: Pozzo. POZZO: Here! Here! Pity! ESTRAGON: It's revolting! VLADIMIR: Quick! Give me your hand! ESTRAGON: I'm going. (Pause. Louder.) I'm going. VLADIMIR: Well I suppose in the end I'll get up by myself. (He tries, fails.) In the fullness of time. ESTRAGON: What's the matter with you? VLADIMIR: Go to hell. ESTRAGON: Are you staying there? VLADIMIR: For the time being. ESTRAGON: Come on, get up, you'll catch a chill. VLADIMIR: Don't worry about me. ESTRAGON: Come on, Didi, don't be pig-headed! He stretches out his hand which Vladimir makes haste to seize. VLADIMIR: Pull! Estragon pulls, stumbles, falls. Long silence. POZZO: Help! VLADIMIR: We've arrived. POZZO: Who are you? VLADIMIR: We are men. Silence. ESTRAGON: Sweet mother earth! VLADIMIR: Can you get up? ESTRAGON: I don't know. VLADIMIR: Try. ESTRAGON: Not now, not now. Silence. POZZO: What happened? VLADIMIR: (violently). Will you stop it, you! Pest! He can think of nothing but himself! ESTRAGON: What about a little snooze? VLADIMIR: Did you hear him? He wants to know what happened! ESTRAGON: Don't mind him. Sleep. Silence. POZZO: Pity! Pity! ESTRAGON: (with a start). What is it? VLADIMIR: Were you asleep? ESTRAGON: I must have been. VLADIMIR: It's this bastard Pozzo at it again. ESTRAGON: Make him stop it. Kick him in the crotch. VLADIMIR: (striking Pozzo). Will you stop it! Crablouse! (Pozzo extricates himself with cries of pain and crawls away. He stops, saws the air blindly, calling for help. Vladimir, propped on his elbow, observes his retreat.) He's off! (Pozzo collapses.) He's down!

Waiting for Godot, Act 2


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