Hallo, there, Mr. How many times must I shout to obtain an answer? We wish to drink! We want to eat. Hallo, there! We have come to a fine place!

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How long must we shout before you deign to listen? Are you there? Will you never come? He's dead! What must we do? We'll pester him! We'll call him again! Show your hospitality! Come now, Monsieur No answer? There's the guilty fellow! I'll say only one word: dinner is served! At this moment waiters carrying plates come out of the inn. To wait on you! Oh, what good fortune when one is hungry, finally to sit down to a meal!

They're coming to wait on us! Let us sit down to eat! Poussette and the others go into the summer-house, closing the door behind them. The innkeeper is alone on stage.

And I'm going to But I was about to forget the Chevalier Des Grieux? It's getting late. And I promised to reserve him a seat in the first coach. He turns to leave and sees the townspeople beginning to assemble in the courtyard of the inn.

But there they are already, this fine lot of townspeople. They are coming to see if there is a pretty girl to ogle, or if they can make fun of a passenger. I've noticed that man is an inquisitive animal!

The inn-clock strikes and the innkeeper goes back into his office. It's time for the coach to arrive. We have to see everything, everything. The men and women passengers, we've got to watch everything! For us that is a duty!

Go to the tavern nearby, where they sell a fine light wine. I am going to wait for my cousin, and I'll join you again later. You think I might forget when it's my turn to pay for the drinks! Go on!

At the tavern nearby, they sell a fine light wine. I'm going to wait for my cousin! Go clink your glasses while you wait for me! The bell sounds as the two guardsmen leave. The bell sounds again. The street fills up with postilions and porters carrying all sorts of baggage while passengers mill about, looking for their luggage. The coach arrives and the passengers get out.

My clothes are in a fine state! Give us our baggage! Come on now! One ought to make out one's will before doing anything else! No, no, no, no, no! What a mess and what agony it is when one has to board a coach. I swear, one would do well to make a will beforehand!

Each one of them groans and complains just from getting into a coach. And it all begins all over again, all over again, when they get out. That's really putting yourself through the tortures of hell! Everybody groans! Keep your mouth shut! Just by getting into a coach or out of one. Goodness, what agony! What a mess and what agony. Manon comes out of the crowd and surveys the scene with astonishment. Look at that young girl! I am Lescaut. Give me a kiss! She's a lovely girl who does credit to our family!

Cousin, forgive me! Excuse an emotional moment! I'm still totally dizzy! Please forgive my chattering, this is the first trip I've ever taken! The coach had scarcely started to move when I opened my eyes wide watching the little villages, the forest, the plain, the passengers, both young and old. Cousin, forgive me, it's the first time I've travelled! Attentively I saw the trees rush by, trembling in the wind. And overwhelmed with delight I was forgetting that I was leaving for the convent!

Faced with so many new things, don't laugh when I tell you that I thought I had wings and was flying to paradise! Yes, cousin! Then, I felt a moment of sadness, I cried, I don't know what about.

Then the very next minute, I confess I was laughing, ha, ha, ha, etc. I was laughing, but without knowing why! Cousin, excuse me, cousin, forgive me! I'm still completely dizzy, etc. With much bustle the passengers, preceded by the postilions, come back into the courtyard of the inn as the bell sounds.

The bell is ringing! Leaving already? Be off! The other coach is here! How is that possible? What a wretched experience! Much jostling and shouting. My birds! My package!

My basket! My hat! Come on! Look here! Lord, what a mess and what agony, when one has to board a coach! Ah, one should, before anything else, make out one's will. What a mess! What agony! Go on and go!

That really is to force suffering on yourself! Each of them groans and mumbles!


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Massenet also wrote a one-act sequel to Manon , Le portrait de Manon , involving the Chevalier des Grieux as an older man. Manon is Massenet's most popular and enduring opera and, having "quickly conquered the world's stages", [3] it has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation. In an opera by Giacomo Puccini entitled Manon Lescaut , and based on the same novel was premiered and has also become popular. Due to its heavy vocal demands, the role of Manon was described by Sills as "the French Isolde ".


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How long must we shout before you deign to listen? Are you there? Will you never come? He's dead!


In the courtyard of an inn at Amiens the coach from Arras arrives, bringing the fifteen-year-old Manon, to be met by her cousin, on her way to a convent, where her father is sending her. She is reproached by her cousin, but dazzled by the apparent luxury in which others seem to live. Des Grieux, who is travelling to see his father, catches sight of Manon and falls in love with her and the two take Guillot's coach and escape together to Paris. In the Cours-la-Reine in Paris the three actresses have escaped, for a moment, the vigiliance of Guillot. At the seminary of St Sulpice Manon meets des Grieux, who now gives up his intention to enter the priesthood, his love re- awakened. Manon and des Grieux enter and he is induced to gamble as well, now his fortune is almost exhausted. He wins, but Guillot accuses him of cheating and has him arrested, supported by the Comte des Grieux, who hopes to bring his son to his senses.


Music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — La Gioconda , dramma lirico in four acts. Music composed by Amilcare Ponchielli — Don Carlo , an opera in four acts.

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