[VALERIAN'S study. Just after midnight.] [VALERIAN and STAHL, with brandy glasses before them, are listening to the LEADER'S speech on the radio.]
LEADER'S VOICE. . . . it will have to face the holy anger of a nation in arms, that will not sheathe the sword till it has paid for its folly with its blood. For, were Westland to suffer one unrequited wrong, I should have no wish to live!
VALERIAN. Admirable sentiments! A little more brandy, my dear Stahl?
STAHL. Thanks. . . . I need it. . . . [Pours and drinks.] The man's got a voice like a corncrake!
VALERIAN. Oh, I can't agree with you there! His delivery is really excellent. He has mastered all the tricks. I'm told that he once took lessons from Sacha Guitry.
STAHL. I didn't like the tone of that speech at all. . . . You know he saw the General Staff again, this evening? You mark my words, this is to prepare the
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Publication information: Book title: On the Frontier:A Melodrama in Three Acts. Contributors: W. H. Auden - Author, Christopher Isherwood - Author. Publisher: Random House. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1938. Page number: 75.