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The rest was a snap . Only the peasants had clubs and outnumbered us three to one and made a murderous attack on us. " What now, I said to myself, they'll make mincemeat of me. COMMANDER : What did you do? EILIF: I laughed. • • • 38 Mother Courage and Her Children COMMANDER : You what? · And so we got to talking. " Like I . wanted to buy . That foxed 'em. So while they were scratching their heads, I reached for my good sword and cut 'em to pieces. Necessity knows no law, huh? COMMANDER : What do you· say, shepherd of the flock?
Stealing Yvette's boots! But she disgraces herself for money, you do it for nothing-for pleasure! I told you, you must wait for the peace. No soldiers ! Save your proud peacock ways for peacetime! CHAPLAIN : I don't find her proud. MOTII ER COURAGE : Prouder than she can afford to be. " I like her when she's a stone in Dalarna, where there's nothing but stones� ( To SWISS CHEESE : ) Leave the cash box where it is, do you hear? And pay attention to your sister, she needs it. Between the two of you, you'll be the death of me yet.
YVETTE comes in panting. YVETTE : They'll do it for two hundred if you make it snappy-these things _change from one minute to the 6% Mother Courage and Her Cbll dren next. I'd better take One Eye to my Colonel at once. He confessed he had the cash box, they put the thumbscrews on him . But he threw it in the river when he noticed them coming up behind him . So it's gone. Shall I run and get the money from my Colonel? MOTHER COURAGE : The cash box gone? How'll I ever get my two hundred back? YVETTE : So you thought you could get it from the cash box?