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Hilda

Hilda HILDA Marie NDiaye Translated by Erika Rundle SCENE ONE MRS. LEMARCHAND: May I help you? FRANK: I’m Meyer, the handyman. You needed me today? MRS. LEMARCHAND: Oh yes, yes . . . Mr. Meyer. Well, I had a few things that needed fixing, but they’re not that important, really. To tell you the truth, it’s your wife I am interested in. I was hoping she was available to work for me. I need someone who’s a hard worker, dependable, and, above all, clean. I can’t have anyone in my home who isn’t clean, no matter where they’re from. But I’m told your wife is clean and in good health. Her name is Hilda. Is that true? FRANK: That’s her name. MRS. LEMARCHAND: What an unusual name. Hilda. The last woman we had was named Monica. Before her we had a Frances, and before Frances a Consuelo, Bridget, Kathleen, another Frances, another Bridget. We’ve never had a Hilda. Never! Hilda. I must admit, that’s why I chose her. I had a long list of names to choose from, you know. No one has ever turned us down. We are very cultivated people, Mr. Meyer, and especially sensitive to human http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2005 Erika Rundle
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/152028106775329624
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Abstract

HILDA Marie NDiaye Translated by Erika Rundle SCENE ONE MRS. LEMARCHAND: May I help you? FRANK: I’m Meyer, the handyman. You needed me today? MRS. LEMARCHAND: Oh yes, yes . . . Mr. Meyer. Well, I had a few things that needed fixing, but they’re not that important, really. To tell you the truth, it’s your wife I am interested in. I was hoping she was available to work for me. I need someone who’s a hard worker, dependable, and, above all, clean. I can’t have anyone in my home who isn’t clean, no matter where they’re from. But I’m told your wife is clean and in good health. Her name is Hilda. Is that true? FRANK: That’s her name. MRS. LEMARCHAND: What an unusual name. Hilda. The last woman we had was named Monica. Before her we had a Frances, and before Frances a Consuelo, Bridget, Kathleen, another Frances, another Bridget. We’ve never had a Hilda. Never! Hilda. I must admit, that’s why I chose her. I had a long list of names to choose from, you know. No one has ever turned us down. We are very cultivated people, Mr. Meyer, and especially sensitive to human

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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