Tempest

1
This is the storm-swept
 romance of a poor dra-
goon and a proud princess 
- of imperial Russia - in 
the last long calm before 
the red tempest of terror. 

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2
 The year is 1914. The
  hour is midnight. 
The place is Volinsk - 
a garrison town near 
the Austrian border.

3
"A glass of water,
     comrade!"

4
"A cigarette, sergeant
      Markov?"

5
"You seem to know
 me, stranger. Who
     are you?"

6
"Comrade, you are
 studying hard for
 your commission!"

7
"Good luck! Russia is
 going to need peas-
  ant-born leaders."

8
"You're crazy to study
 so hard. They'll never
 give a man from the
 ranks a commission."

9
"The old general will
 see that I get a
 square deal and I
 don't want to disap-
     point him."

10
"No need to disturb
 the Czar. There's
  your throne my 
     friend!"

11
"Sergeant Bulba!"

12
"Swine! You've made
 me ruin a perfectly
  good cigarette!"

13
"Well, sergeant - have
 you any objections?"

14
"If you're wise, you'll
 give more time to
 your duties and less
 to scheming for a
    commission."

15
"If you ever do get to
 be an officer, prom-
 ise me you'll punch
 that pig in the snoot."

16
"I'll never be an officer
 if you fellows don't
 get something done
   around here."

17
"Whoever recommend-
 ed this peasant for a
 commission ought to
      be shot."

18
"Sergeant Markov, it's
 ten years since we've
 commissioned a man
  from the ranks."

19
"Your father is inside,
 Highness. The ex-
 amining board is still
    in session."

20
"Sergeant, this board
 is pleased to recom-
   mend you for a
    commission."

21
"My fiancee looks
 lovelier than ever."

22
"Papa, is it possible
 for a man to be so
  perfect and live?"

23
"Ivan, in a few days
 you'll be an officer.
 I'm as proud as if
 you were my own 
       son."

24
"Three girls in swim-
 ming and I've got
  their clothes."

25
"Bulba, I'm ashamed
      of you!"

26
"What would your
   mother say!"

27
"Your Highness -- I didn't
 take your clothes -- I
    was bringing them
          back."

28
"Peasant beast! I'll see
 that you pay for this
   and pay dearly!"

29
"- and my father thinks
  you're so perfect!"

30
"Sergeant Markov,
      sir."

31
"Markov, you are no
 longer a sergeant!"

32
"My first epaulets! I
 want you to wear 
      them!"

33
"We're celebrating my
 daughter's birthday
 tomorrow night. Your
 first party as an of-
    ficer, my boy."

34
"Your Highness, I wish
 to apologize - and to
 thank you for not re-
 porting me to your 
       father."

35
"My father and I are
 not in the habit of
 discussing stablemen."

36
"Epaulets don't make
 an aristocrat. They
  will never accept 
        you."

37
"A peasant may wor-
 ship a princess, but
 a princess will always
  despise a peasant."

38
"We drink, gentlemen, 
 to our fellow-officer,
  Lieutenant Markov."

39
"Not dancing?"

40
"I don't know any of
     the ladies."

41
"It would please me
 if you'd dance with
 our new Lieutenant."

42
"I refuse even to go
     near him!"

43
"My daughter just con-
 fided in me that she
 would like to finish
 this waltz with you."

44
"May I congratulate
 your Highness on
  your birthday."

45
"It is always touching
 to receive such greet-
    ings from the 
      peasantry!"

46
"What a pity that it
 takes more than a
 uniform to make
 an officer and a
    gentleman."

47
"Her Highness has just
 confided in me that
 she would like to fin-
 ish this waltz with
         you."

48
"Forgive me, Your High-
 ness, I didn't realize
  what I was doing -"


49
"Another step and I'll
    ring for help!"

50
"With that bell, my
 career as an officer
       ends -"

51
"- but not my love!"

52
"I found this man
hiding in my room."

53
"Lieutenant, no one
 could have made 
 me believe this!"

54
"Your first and last
 social triumph as
 an officer, Markov!"

55
"Sir, consider yourself 
     under arrest!"

56
"- is hereby sentenced
 to five years at hard
 labor - and reduced
    to the ranks."

57
"Salute!"

58
"You'll get a few years
at hard labor for this!"

59
"You didn't think I'd
 let them separate us,
      did you?"

60
"Only one thing worries
          me -"

61
"How can the Russian
 army get along with-
  out me as a Lieu-
      tenant?"

62
"You've had your fling
 with the aristocrats -
 and they've crucified
         you!"

63
"But you're good enough
 for the common herd -
   and we want you."

64
"I came to return some-
 thing you lost in my
        room."

65
"Possibly my epaulets,
   Your Highness."

66
"It must have dropped
from my pocket, Your
      Highness."

67
"I addressed that to
  your maid, Your
     Highness."

68
"Surely, you knew I
 could never aspire
   to a princess."

69
"- I, a lowly peasant
        swine!"

70
"And I'm proud of my
 peasantry. Proud I'm
 not a blue-blooded
  parasite like you!"

71
"Now, ring the bell
  Your Highness!"

72
"You've forgotten
   something."

73
"Sorry to have over-
 heard your lovers'
      quarrel."

74
"Clever of you to hide
 your own guilt by
 having your sweet-
  heart degraded."

75
"Her Highness has re-
 quested that you be
 disciplined for your
 latest insolence to
        her."

76
"She suggested solitary
      confinement."

77
"Sweet dreams, Prince 
      Charming."

78
"War!"

79
"War, comrade - misery
 - - the beginning of
       the end!"

80
"If I catch you around
 here again, I'll shove
 this bayonet through
         you!"

81
"Good news lieutenant
 -- all the prisoners are
   going to the front!"

82
"And your name has
already been struck
  from the prison
      records."

83
"But as a special favor
 we've arranged for
 you to remain here -
       alone."

84
"You'll have plenty of
 time, lieutenant, to re-
 gret your insults to
 me, as well as to
   Her Highness."

85
"Be brave, Tamara.
 You're too big a
 girl to cry now."

86
"You will be pleased
 to know your precious
 lieutenant is going to
 the front with the
  other prisoners."

87
"And you may be
 sure, I'll take very
 good care of him."

88
"Beg them to take me
 along, Bulba! I'd give
 my life to be going
      with you!"

89
"So, a princess sudden-
 ly becomes human
 and generous - - to
 save her own skin!"

90
"Too late - - Your
 Highness - too late!"

91
"Your Highness, with
 the growing unrest,
 it's not safe for you
 to appear in public."

92
"Besides, it's unneces-
 sary to come here so
 often, we'll notify you
 promptly of any news
   concerning your
      father."

93
"Do these casualty lists
 still include the mili-
 tary prisoners who
 went from our garri-
        son?"

94
"Come on, Ivan!"

95
"It's Bulba! Don't you
      know me?"

96
"It's Bulba - the old
 fool is back again!

97
"You remember me,
don't you, comrade?"

98
"The Red Dawn is here,
 Comrade, Russia is
        free!"

99
"The people rule - you
 and I - the convict
  and the peddler."

100
"We haven't been able
 to find the Princess
       Tamara."

101
"Keep searching! She
   must be found!"

102
"Now you know why
 I said Russia would
 some day need lead-
   ers like you."

103
"Your Highness, our
 regiment has return-
 ed - and most of the
 officers are prisoners."

104
"My father may be
 among them. I'm
 going to the prison."

105
"Swine - you've made
 me ruin a perfectly
  good cigar-but!"

106
"We've arranged a
 nice little party for
 you. You'll be de-
     lighted!"

107
"Have you seen my
     father?"

108
"Take her back to
     prison!"

109
"No cause for alarm, 
 Your Highness. The
 bell is still here - if
 you care to ring it."

110
"I've waited a long time
 for this moment, Your 
      Highness."

111
"Little Princess, there
 are no more aristo-
      crats -"

112
"- which means that
 you and I are now
       equal."

113
"I always thought a
 princess had blue
      blood!"

114
"But it's red - red - 
 like common peasant
       blood!"

115
"Why, you're crying -"

116
"- like a human
     being."

117
"Tamara! You - care -"

118
"The Commisar wants
        you."

119
"Please inquire about
      my father!"

120
"My Russia is dead -
 I am glad that I, too,
      am dying."

121
"Tamara!"

122
"She is safe, sir."

123
"I know you love her,
 Ivan. Take care of
        her."

124
"Tell him to come to
     my office."

125
"Commisar, we've been
 wrong - you and I -
   terribly wrong."

126
"We've been blinded
 by blood and hatred!"

127
"Why this sudden
 change of heart
    Comrade?"

128
"You wept, Comrade,
 when an aristocrat
 died in your arms."

129
"Because he was
 always kind to
      me."

130
"And Her Highness -
 I suppose she, too,
 was always kind to
       you?"

131
"You were tender with
 her, comrade - very,
     very tender."

132
"I love her."

133
"My answer to that
 is death to all aris-
     tocrats!"

134
"Who gave you the
 right of life and
  death over your
    fellow men?"

135
"The people!"

136
"No one can give you
    that right!"



THE END


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