eidekind. They hang up their cloaks and caps. Schneidekind takes a little longer than Strammfest, who comes to the table.
SCHNEIDEKIND. Yes, sir.
STRAMMFEST. Have you sent my report yet to the government? [He sits down.]
SCHNEIDEKIND [coming to the table]. Not yet, sir. Which government do you wish it sent to? [He sits down.]
STRAMMFEST. That depends. What's the latest? Which of them do you think is most likely to be in power tomorrow morning?
SCHNEIDEKIND. Well, the provisional government was going strong yesterday. But today they say that the Prime Minister has shot himself, and that the extreme left fellow has shot all the others.
STRAMMFEST. Yes: that's all very well; but these fellows always shoot themselves with blank cartridge.
SCHNEIDEKIND. Still, even the blank cartridge means backing down. I should send the report to the Maximilianists.
STRAMMFEST. They're no stronger than the Oppidoshavians; and in my own opinion the Moderate Red Revolutionaries