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TEVYE
[about Perchik] Is he in bad trouble, that hero of yours? [Hodel nods] Arrested? [she nods again] Convicted?
HODEL
Yes. But he did nothing wrong. He cares nothing for himself. Everything he does is for other people.
TEVYE
Yes, but if he did nothing wrong, he wouldn't be in trouble.
HODEL
Oh Papa, how can you say that? What wrongs did Joseph do? And Abraham, and Moses? And they had troubles.
TEVYE
Yes, but... But why won't you tell me where he is now, this Joseph of yours?
HODEL
It is far, Papa. Terribly far. He is in a settlement in Siberia.
TEVYE
[shocked] Siberia! And he asks you to leave your father and mother, and join him in that frozen wasteland and marry him there?
HODEL
No, Papa. He did not ask me to go. I want to go. I don't want him to be alone. I want to help him in his work.
TEVYE
Hodel...
HODEL
Papa. [sings] How can I hope to make you understand, why I do what I do? Why I must travel to a distant land, far from the home I love. Once I was happily content to be, as I was, where I was. Close to the people who are close to me, here in the home I love. Who could see that a man would come, who would change the shape of my dreams? Helpless now, I stand with him, watching older dreams grow dim. Oh, what a melancholy choice this is, wanting home, wanting him... Closing my heart to every hope but his, leaving the home I love. There where my heart has settled long ago, I must go, I must go. Who could imagine I'd be wandering so far from the home I love. Yet... there with my love, I'm home. [the train is heard]
TEVYE
[concerned] And, who my child will there be to perform a marriage there in the wilderness?
HODEL
[smiling] Papa, I promise you, we will be married under a canopy.
TEVYE
Yes, yes. No doubt, a Rabbi or two were also arrested. [the train pulls in, Tevye lifts Hodel's luggage aboard]
HODEL
[crying and hugging him] Papa! God alone knows when we shall see each other again.
TEVYE
Then, we will leave it in His hands. [he helps her aboard and watches the train pull out]
TEVYE
[looking up] Take care of her. See that she dresses warm.
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PERCHIK
There's a question... A certain question I want to discuss with you.
HODEL
Yes?
PERCHIK
It's a political question.
HODEL
What is it?
PERCHIK
The question of... marriage.
HODEL
Is this a political question?
PERCHIK
Well, yes. Yes, everything's political. Like everything else, the relationship between a man and a woman has a socioeconomic base. Marriage must be founded on mutual beliefs. A common attitude and philosophy towards society...
HODEL
- And affection?
PERCHIK
Well, yes, of course. That is also necessary. Such a relationship can have positive social values. When two people face the world with unity and solidarity...
HODEL
And affection?
PERCHIK
Yes, that is an important element! At any rate, I... I personally am in favour of such a socioeconomic relationship.
HODEL
I think... you are asking me to marry you.
PERCHIK
Well... in a theoretical sense... yes. I am.
HODEL
I was hoping you were.
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HODEL
Papa, God alone knows when we shall see each other again.
TEVYE
Then we will leave it in His hands.
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PERCHIK
[sings] They look so natural together.
HODEL
[sings] Just like two newlyweds should be.
PERCHIK, HODEL
[singing] Is there a canopy in store for me?
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HODEL
We only have one Rabbi, and he only has one son. Why shouldn't I want the best?
TZEITEL
Because you're a girl from a poor family. So whatever Yente brings, you'll take. Right? Of course, right! [sings, mimicking Yente] Hodel! Oh Hodel, have I made a match for you! He's handsome, he's young! All right, he's sixty-two. But he's a nice man, a good catch, true? True! I promise you'll be happy, and even if you're not, there's more to life than that... Don't ask me what.
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HODEL
We only have one Rabbi, and he only has one son. Why shouldn't I want the best?
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HODEL
For Papa, make him a scholar!
CHAVA
For Mama, make him rich as a king!
HODEL, CHAVA
For me, well, I wouldn't holler if he were as handsome as anything!
HODEL, CHAVA
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! Find me a find, catch me a catch! Night after night in the dark I'm alone, so find me a match of my own!
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PERCHIK
I'm a very good teacher.
HODEL
I heard that the Rabbi who must congratulate himself has a congregation of one.