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TEVYE
And until your golden day comes, rev. Perchik, How will you live?
PERCHIK
By giving lessons to children, Do you have any children?
TEVYE
I have five daughters
PERCHIK
[Looking to Tevye in disbelief] Five?
TEVYE
Daughters...
PERCHIK
girls can learn too, girls are people
MENDEL
A radical!
TEVYE
Oh, Go away!
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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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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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PERCHIK
In this world it is the wealthy who are criminals. Someday their wealth will be ours.
TEVYE
That would be nice. If they would agree, I would agree.
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PERCHIK
Money is the world's curse.
TEVYE
May the Lord smite me with it! And may I never recover!
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PERCHIK
Your daughter has a quick and witty tongue.
TEVYE
Yes, the wit she gets from me. As the good book says...
GOLDE
The good book can wait, it's time for Sabbath!
TEVYE
The tongue she gets from her mother.
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PERCHIK
You'll all chatter yourselves away into the grave.
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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.