Gegensatz Press
The Broken Jug
A Dramatic Comedy About Thwarted Rape
by Heinrich von Kleist
ISBN 978-1-62130-757-0 (Kindle e-book)
ISBN 978-1-62130-759-4 (Smashwords e-book)
ISBN 978-1-62130-758-7 (Ingram e-book)
The Broken Jug, by Heinrich  von Kleist
From the translator's introduction: "Eve, an ingenue, is in love with Robert,
a deserving young man. Adam lusts after Eve. Adam wants to send Robert
into the army - or at least threaten to do so - to get rid of him. He
blackmails Eve with this threat. This reminds us of King David sending
Uriah to war so that David would be free to seduce Uriah's wife,
Bathsheba. The comedy suggests underlying sorrow. Plain laughter is
purification, but laughing at someone or something is derision. There is
plenty of both in this play. Its sorrow, as well as its comedy, derives from
its focus on three of the Seven Deadly Sins: arrogance, wrath, and
especially lust."
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