Good Woman of Setzuan

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  • So he's guilty? He's confessing!
  • First God: Clear the court!
  • Because you'd all have torn her to shreds, that's why! My lords, I have a request. Clear the court! When only the judges remain, I will make a confession.
  • Mr. Shui Ta has met his match this time.
  • Clear the court!
  • You're in for a little surprise.
  • Shen Te!
  • Second God: What have you done with our good woman of Setzuan?
  • I have a terrible confession to make: I am she!
  • Illustrious ones! Yes, I recognize you!
  • Shen Te, yes. Shui Ta and Shen Te. Both.
  • Your injunction to be good and yet to live was a thunderbolt: It has torn me in two I cant tell how it was but to be good to others and myself at the same time I could not do it your world is not an easy one, illustrious ones! When we extend our hand to a beggar, he tears it off for us when we help the lost, we are lost ourselves and so since not to eat is to die who can long refuse to be bad? As I lay prostrate beneath the weight of good intentions ruin stared me in the face it was when I was unjust that I ate good meat and hobnobbed with the mighty why? Why are bad deeds rewarded? 
  • Dont go on making yourself miserable, Shen Te! We're overjoyed to have found you!
  • Good ones punished? I enjoyed giving I truly wished to be the Angle of the Slums but washed by a foster-mother in the water of the gutter I developed a sharp eye the time came when pity was a thorn in my side and, late, when kind words turned to ashes in my mouth and anger took over I became a wolf find me guilty, then, illustrious ones, but know: All that I have done I did to help my neighbor to love my lover and to keep my little one from want for your great, godly deeds, I was too poor, too small. 
  • The good woman who did all those good deeds?
  • Unfortunate coincidences! Heartless neighbors!
  • I'm telling you I'm the bad man who committed all those crimes!
  • Yes, but the bad man too!
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