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He Who Gets Slapped

Leonid Andreyev

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Count Mancini.


[Surprised]: Count?


[Indignantly]: Yes, Count. And whom have I the honour of——


I don't quite know myself—yet. As a rule you choose your own names, don't you? I have not chosen yet. Later you might advise me about it. I have an idea already, but I am afraid it sounds too much like literature—you know.




Yes! Too sophisticated. [They all look surprised.] I presume these two gentlemen are clowns? I am so glad. May I shake hands with them? [Stands up and shakes hands with clowns, who make silly faces.]


Excuse me—but what can I do for you?


[With the same pleasant, confident smile]: Oh. You do something for me? No. I want to do something for . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Цирк уехал, клоуны остались. И всех убили.
Как-то получилось, что вид клоуна в последнее время не несёт окружающим ничего хорошего. Хотя много людей до сих пор отдают своё внимание, аплодисменты и деньги этому виду искусства. В голове как-то плотно засел кинговский клоун-чудовище-"Оно", его макдаковс

Melodramatic, yet dull.

Leonid Andreyev's play He Who Gets Slapped was made into a great 1924 silent film of the same name by the Swedish director Victor Sjostrom. It was actually better than the play and -- to my mind -- one of the greatest silent drama films of the 1920s.

A struggling genius has his ideas and wife stolen

Strange. Or perhaps just an old, bad translation.