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MYTYL Where are Sugar, the Cat and Bread?

LIGHT They cannot enter here; they would know the future and would not obey.

TYLTYL And the Dog?

LIGHT It is not well, either, that he should know what awaits him in the course of the ages.... I have locked them all up in the vaults of the church.

TYLTYLWhere are we?

LIGHT We are in the Kingdom of the Future, in the midst of the children who are not yet born. As the diamond allows us to see clearly in this region which is hidden from men, we shall very probably find the Blue Bird here.

TYLTYL Certainly the bird will be blue, since everything here is blue? (Looking all around him)

Heaven, how beautiful it all is!

THE BLUE CHILDREN Live children!... Come and look at the little live children!

TYLTYLWhy do they call us the little live children?

LIGHT Because they themselves are not alive yet.

TYLTYL What are they doing, then?

LIGHT They are awaiting the hour of their birth.

TYLTYLThe hour of their birth?

LIGHT Yes; it is from here that all the children come who are born upon our earth. Each awaits his day.... When the fathers and mothers want children, the great doors which you see there, on the right, are opened and the little ones go down.

TYLTYL (с ребенком) How do you do?What's that?

1 THE CHILD And that?

TYLTYL That is my hat.... Have you no hat?

1 THE CHILD No; what is it for?

TYLTYL It's to say How-do-you-do with.... And then for when it rains or when it's cold.

2 THE CHILD What does that mean, when it's cold?

TYLTYLWhen you shiver like this: brrrr! brrrr!... When you blow into your hands and go like this with your arms –– (He vigorously beats his arms across his chest)

3 THE CHILD Is it cold on earth?

TYLTYL Yes, sometimes, in the winter, when there is no fire.

4 THE CHILDWhy is there no fire?

TYLTYL Because it's expensive and it costs money to buy wood.

5 THE CHILDWhat is money?

TYLTYL It's what you pay with. How old are you?

6 THE CHILDI shall be born in twelve years.... Is it nice to be born?

TYLTYLOh, yes!... It's great fun!

7 THE CHILD They tell us that the mothers stand waiting at the door.... They are good, aren't they?

TYLTYLOh, yes!... They are better than anything in the world!... What are you playing with, those great blue wings?

1 THE CHILD These?... That's for the invention which I shall make on earth.

TYLTYL What invention?... Have you invented something?

1 THE CHILD When I am on earth, I shall have to invent the thing that gives happiness. It is almost finished.... Would you like to see it?

TYLTYL Very much....

2 THE CHILD Would you like to see mine, say?

TYLTYL Yes, what is it?

2 THE CHILDThe thirty-three remedies for prolonging life.... There, inthose blue phials.

3 THE CHILD Do come and look at my machine which flies in the air like abird without wings!

4 THE CHILD No, no; mine first! It discovers the treasures hidden in the moon!