February 28, 2017

Homework Help: English - Play

Posted by James on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 2:22am.

Hello. I'm having trouble understanding a part in a play called Licking Hitler...

The situation is like this...
It's WWII and a team of British propaganda unit is devising up a plan to tarnish the image of the mayor of Cologne(Germany)... Duffendorf (or Burgomaster) is the mayor who gets caught with his mistress (Ilse Schmidt)... What I do not understand is the line by ANNA. What pun is she talking about? The Frau in the line above means Mrs. in German...
And what was the Burgomaster trying to deliver? and to whom?

ARCHIE: ...what Duffendorf's been up to. Everyone in Cologne is talking about what the telegram boy saw when he looked through the letterbox trying to deliver. What he saw was the Burgomaster trying to deliver to Frau... And what "particular path" is he talking about???

ANNA: (Not looking up) That pun won't translate.

EILEEN: Ilse Schmidt.

ARCHIE: Trying to deliver to Frau Ilse Schmidt. Well we know how many people have been down that particular path before. But what is unusual is what she was wearing...
A leather bathing costume.
A leather bathing costume. And him standing with a hosepipe in his hand.

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