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THE COMIC SPIRIT
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As you will see, there is a refrain to each verse in the song. This refrain you have to express in the mood of each verse.
In the first refrain you have to indicate a naive, self-satisfied vanity. The boy has put on, as he says, his best shirt and his big hat. Je suis un gars comme ilfaut!
In the second refrain you make him lose his countenance a little; he knocks at his sweet­heart's door, but she rather hesitates to open.
Then his accident happens, he slips on the wet pavement. Here, in the refrain, he is whin­ing almost like a child. He is getting up again, not without difficulty. He recovers his courage and embraces his sweetheart; he is not tri­umphant, but rather awkward, — you hear it in the refrain of this verse. He is content again to have found the way back to his sweet­heart, he is grinning; but the rough voice of his girl's mother throws him back into help­lessness. She calls him logger-head, tells him that her daughter is not created to "wipe his snout"! He feels ashamed, dazzled, he creeps away, almost like a beaten dog. His last re­frain is confused, stammering.
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