Twain & Einstein in “They Got Game”March 20, 2009
“Great news, pal! I just sold another cartoon idea to the Banana Splits!” said Mark Twain, waving a check in Albert Einstein’s face. “Let’s go celebrate!”
“That is great news, partner,” said Einstein. “”Those Splits have been very good to you. But I am afraid I cannot celebrate with you, because I have to go play Hamlet tonight at the Delacorte.”
“You’re playing Hamlet?” asked a baffled Twain. “I didn’t know you acted, Al.”
“I haven’t previously,” came the reply. “But my good friend Vinnie Jones had to drop out, and since it’s a non-speaking part…”
“Hamlet, a non-speaking part?” expostulated Twain. “Au contraire, mon ami! Hamlet’s gotta speak a hell of a lotta words, and all in the correct order! You got some serious studying to do!”
“It’s no good,” moaned Einstein three hours later. “Look: you stand behind a tree on the set, and just tell me the lines as they come up.” Luckily at that moment the phone rang, with a call from the President. “Swing by my house, pronto!” It was another secret mission.
“How brief my time in the limelight,” sighed Einstein as the elevator shot downwards.
(Following Pop-Monkey’s suggestion, here is the above translated, through an online engine, from English to French, then back again. Some nice phrasing does appear)
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