La Bohème

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Paris - Mother of the 
     Arts - -

2
Bohemia - the Latin
 Quarter - where
young talent suffers
and starves...and waits
   for fame.....

3
More certain than love 
  or fame - the visit
of the landlord on the
first of the month -

4
Marcel would have 
 starved to produce 
a masterpiece...as yet 
he had succeeded only
    in starving.

5
Rodolphe ... who had 
 hopes of becoming
a great playwright.

6
"Ah! - Such a figure! -
 ah! - divine - ravishing! -
          aaah!"

7
"Silly old goat - what
 do you know about
    a figure?"

8
"I am the landlord -
 and this is the first 
    of the month!"

9
"Your memory is as 
 bad as your manners -
 the first of the month
 was just a week ago!"

10
"My rent -- my rent!
    Where is it?"

11
"The devil knows! - We
 haven't even a franc
 to pay the model - -
 and she has a frightful
       temper!"

12
"Pay up tonight - -
  or out you go!"

13
"Zut! - I'm an honest
 girl - I don't work for
     love! - Zut!"

14
"Well - to pay the rent,
 I suppose I must write
 that silly article for the
 editor of the Cat and
 Dog Fanciers' Journal!"

15
Mimi, the embroiderer...
  Orphaned, friendless...
facing life with a glorious 
       courage.....

16
"Pretty little hands! -
 What a pity to spoil
 them...when you have
 such a pretty face!"

17
"M'sieu, please! - a few
 more days and I can
      pay you."

18
"If she does not pay 
 up tonight - - put
      her out!"

19
"You ought to call 
 that note back and 
      tame it!"

20
"What beautiful eyes 
 you have! And you
have suffered, too!"

21
"How much do you want 
to borrow, Schaunard?"

22
"Borrow is a vulgar word.
 I offer you the honor 
 to render temporary 
pecuniary assistance to
       genius."

23
"Gladly - but you'll have
 to wait until my first
   play is accepted!"

24
"Farewell, little piccolo -
 the pawnshop is calling!"

25
"Oh, Art she is a jolly tart,
 She's the wench who broke my heart!
 La, la, la! la la!"

26
"Oh, Art she is a fickle jade,
 If you work for her, you'll ne'er be paid!
 La, la, la! la la!"

27
"Oh, Art she is a lovely rake,
 We gladly starve for the old girl's sake!
 La, la, la! la la!"

28
"If I could lose the habit 
 of eating, I'd never have 
 to write stuff like you!"

29
Where saint and sinner,
 genius and guttersnipe,
meet as equals - - the
Mont de Piété, municipal
  pawnshop of Paris.

30
"I asked you for a ten 
 inch article on a cat -
 and you give me eight
 inches on a rabbit!"

31
"Shades of genius - -
 must I sell my brains 
    by the yard?"

32
"Give me something 
 sentimental about a 
 cat - or get out!"

33
Vicomte Paul, a true
 aristocrat, who did
nothing, but did it very
     gracefully.

34
"I beg Mademoiselle to
 forgive my horses -
 they are only beasts -
 they do not appreciate
 exquisite beauty - -"

35
"Thank you, M'sieu, but
      I live here."

36
"Ten francs for the 
 greatest painting ever 
 rejected by the Salon!
 It's an outrage, thank 
          God!"

37
"I sold my book for a 
 franc - and then I saw
 one I'd been seeking for 
 ten years. Forgive me -
      I bought it!"

38
"What a man can't do, 
 a monkey can! A tin 
 cup - - and behold,
      the rent!"

39
"To the landlord - may
 his wife have thirteen
 children - and not one 
   of them French!"

40
"Sorry, M'amselle Mimi,
 but M. Bernard insists
 on the full amount -
     or the room."

41
"Here's the rent for the
 four of us - and one 
 cent tip to celebrate!"

42
"Now that our rent is 
 paid, we can all starve 
 to death comfortably."

43
"I wonder what monkey 
  stew tastes like?"

44
"Come, Marcel....dinner
 is served....and I love
          you!"

45
"My little pigeon! My 
 sweet Musette! She 
 loves me! And she 
     has food!"

46
"God has sent me 
 Musette - but he has 
 neglected you, my 
 friends. Let's see what 
    we can do - -"

47
"Cherie, you are so 
 beautiful! So generous! 
 May I invite a friend 
      to dinner?"

48
"Queen of beauty and
 kindness! - Such food! -
 and so much of it! -
 May I ask a friend of 
   mine to dinner?"

49
"I almost forgot! You are
 kind and beautiful -
 and there's a friend
 of mine out there in
     the draft!"

50
"Your little hands
   are so cold!"

51
"Since you would not
 come to the feast,
 the feast has come 
      to you!"

52
"The poor little one!
 She was so cold!
 And she looked so 
      hungry!"

53
"Let's send her in a big 
   plate of food - -"

54
"Wine, Rodolphe - wine
 for the little one - that
      will warm her!"

55
"To Mimi we give our 
 friendship - our love -
 a share in everything
       we have!"

56
"Beautiful ..... very
     beautiful!"

57
"Ravishing!"

58
"Mimi - Schaunard has
 just sold his new
 song - - We're all
 celebrating in his
 studio! Come on!"

59
"One dozen handkerchiefs...
 Two embroidered shawls...
    Six lace collars."

60
"I am a most generous 
 patron - but - er - I
 request - er - a little
 particular attention -"

61
"Forgive me....I have
 no right to be 
 jealous....but I can't
   help it...."

62
"He is rich....he could
 give you so much....
 why should you not
   prefer him....?"

63
"Foolish one....foolish,
    foolish one...."

64
Easter .... and to
  the world and its
sorrow....comes another
      Spring....

65
....The country calls....
and like light-hearted,
emotional children....
the artists answer....

66
"Methinks he does not
      trust us!"

67
Her first picnic! Mimi's 
 heart fluttered with
excitement .... and
suspense at what she 
read in Rodolphe's eyes.

68
"Mimi....Mimi....why
 did you run away?"

69
"...because...because...
     I love you..."

70
He was in love. Now
 his dreams had a 
focus, his words an
object, his play a motive.

71
She was in love. Now
  she had someone
to care for, to cherish,
to serve as only a 
    woman can.

72
"Rodolphe? Is he still
 alive? He is four 
 weeks too late for 
 last week's edition!"

73
"But, Monsieur under-
 stands - - he is so
 busy now on his new
     play - -"

74
"Monsieur understands
 that Rodolphe is a fool -
 wasting my time on
 his plays - - he is
 through - discharged!"

75
Rodolphe must not
 know he had been 
discharged...all the way
home Mimi planned her
generous deception....

76
"There's your money,
 dear. The editor was
 so pleased - he said
  you are a genius!"

77
"Did you count the 
 money? He'd cheat 
 you, the old skinflint!"

78
"These few francs mean
 much to us now....my
 success....our happiness."

79
"My play...I've finished
 the first act! Never was 
 there an inspiration like 
        you, Mimi!"

80
"My Rodolphe! You're
     wonderful!"

81
For Mimi, there were
 long night hours of
toil...when only love
gave her strength to
keep up the deception.

82
"You can't fool us with 
 blankets! You worked 
   all night again!"

83
"Your face is so thin -
 look what you are
 doing to yourself!"

84
"You will lose your 
 looks...and then he 
 will not care for you 
      any more!"

85
"You remember Nanette...
 She worked night after
 night - and you know
 what happened!....."

86
"I don't mean to frighten 
     you....but...."

87
"Soon everyone will be 
 talking about Rodolphe -
 as they now talk about 
 this man Victor Hugo!"

88
"I love her - Mon Dieu,
     I love her!"

89
"The author is a friend 
       of yours?"

90
"Perhaps I can interest
 a theatrical manager in
 the play - you know
 a word from me, would
 mean a great deal -"

91
"You are so kind,
 Monsieur. The play is
 not quite finished yet -
 but I can show you 
  how it goes - -"

92
"- a work of genius! -
 You will convince the 
 manager! - You must
 come to the theatre
   with me - - ?"

93
"Don't forget - - the
 manager - and come
    alone - -"

94
"You wanted to be alone 
    with that fop!"

95
"That's why you locked 
     me in! - -"

96
"You know I love you
 madly! How can I
 write...how can I live...
 if you are faithless?"

97
"He wanted to help?
 Damn him! I'd starve
       first!"

98
"...where are my keys?"

99
Rodolphe had sought
to forget his bitter-
ness by fleeing - -
but flight is a poor 
substitute for love.

100
"I haven't been home 
 for four days - what's
 the use - I can't write -
 nothing interests me
     any more -""

101
To the desperate Mimi, the 
one hope of Rodolphe's
encouragement lay in
Vicomte Paul's promise...
and Musette, wise in the
ways of nobility, arranged
      everything.

102
"Musette dressed me 
     up....."

103
"I have the play. Please,
 can we see the manager 
         now?"

104
"Could you advance me 
 five francs against my 
    next article?"

105
"You must be drunk!
 You were discharged 
  five weeks ago!"

106
"I cannot understand 
 it! Mimi delivered the 
 articles....and brought 
    back the money."

107
"These women - I never
 knew where Musette 
 got her money either -"

108
"You have his address?
 You will see him? And
 tell him to keep on?"

109
"If you come to me,
 you will never have to
 concern yourself about
 trifles like this play."

110
"You have been out 
 with Vicomte Paul! - 
 Answer me! I want
    the truth!"

111
"I - I was delivering 
 orders. And I took
 your last article to
 the editor...he was
 so pleased with it."

112
"Don't lie to me any
 more...The editor told
 me tonight I had
 been discharged...five
      weeks ago!"

113
"Don't be angry! I did
 it for you - for your
 play...I want you to be
    a success....."

114
"But the money you
 brought me....where
 did you get it? From
 Vicomte Paul? Answer 
         me!"

115
"No, no, Rodolphe. I
 have been working 
 nights - I don't want
 you to give up your
 play - I am happy
     doing it!"

116
"So it was all lies -
    every word - !"

117
"Where did you get
 these clothes? You
 are like Musette....a
  light woman....!"

118
"From now on I'll take
 care of you - I'll give up
 my play...earn money!
 You shall get well!"

119
"But you mustn't...I am
 all right...don't worry
      about me...."

120
A frantic search for a
 doctor...a sudden
realization of her
   sacrifice....

121
For months Rodolphe
 searched...but found
no trace of Mimi. And
out of his bitter despair
came a great play.....

122
...Hidden in the slums of 
  Paris, Mimi worked...
      and waited...

123
"There is one who should 
 be here tonight. Let 
   us drink to her."

124
"I can do nothing. She 
 won't live through the 
         night."

125
"Mimi - - come back 
        to me!"

126
"....I am tired....so
       tired...."

127
"Your room has been 
 kept, Mimi....just as 
     you left it."

128
"Mimi, my love...you've
 come back - - you've
    come back - -"

129
"It is growing so dark,
 Rodolphe....I can't
 see you....and I want
    to see you...."

130
"I'm here, Mimi...you
 mustn't cry...you're
 going to be strong...
 your pretty cheeks will
   be rosy again...."

131
"Pretty...will I ever
  be pretty again?"

132
"Wait and see! You'll 
 be the loveliest lady 
  in all Paris....!"

133
"....your play....
  Rodolphe....?"

134
"...a success...and all
    because of you!"

135
"This is just like...old 
 times. My Rodolphe...
 my dear, dear friends...
 all smiling...all happy..."

136
"- - and there is yet 
 another friend - one
 who will sing when he 
    sees you - -"

137
"Why do you weep, 
 Musette? Rodolphe...
 success...I'm so happy...
      So...happy."

138
"No...no...she can't
 leave me now! I won't 
 give her up...ever...
        ever!"



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