Dialogue

Lucas Perin, TMMBA Student

This is a rip-off from a Brazilian writer named Luis Fernando Verissimo. He is describing a couple’s whole life using a dialogue. My first attempt at translating and adapting it is below:

- Shall we dance?
- Thank you.
- Do you come here often?
- I do.
- Are we dating?
- You need to talk to my father…
- I did already, now we just need to set the date.
- July 26th?
- Right.
- Don’t forget the rings…
- Do you love me?
- I do.
- I do.
- I can’t believe it, we are married. It all happened so fast!
- Were you nervous?
- I was not. Was it good?
- It was.
- I’m pregnant.
- It’s a boy!
- Looks like you!
- Where are you going?
- The baby is crying.
- Come here…
- Sweetie?
- Hmm?
- I’m pregnant again!
- It’s a girl!
- What’s up with you?
- Why?
- You seem distant…
- It’s my job…
- You’re having an affair!
- That’s silly.
- Yes, it is. Do you forgive me?
- Come here…
- Not here… the kids…
- Junior left, he had a date.
- Did you talk to him about…
- Yes, he knows exactly what to do.
- What? Did you tell him?
- No, he knew better than I did. This generation knows everything. I just had to teach him how to use the wrench.
- What!?
- Oh, do you mean… I thought it was the car. And what about Liz?
- It’s getting serious…
- With the software engineer?
- Yep, by the way…
- They are living together! I knew it!
- She’s going to the hospital.
- Already?!
- They’ve got twins!
- You know… you’re a cool grandma…
- Who would’ve known?
- Come here…
- Not here… the kids…
- What kids?
- The twins… Liz left them here.
- Aw.
- What?
- I feel a pressure in my chest.
- You have to take care of yourself. You’re in the dangerous age.
- Already!?
- Liz is pregnant again.
- Twins again? That software engineer must be using the binary system.
- Must Junior’s band use our garage? This is hell.
- And the name of the band? Terror and Ecstasy?
- They’re going to wake up the twins.
- Aw.
- What? Your heart again?
- Don’t worry. Hey, this ballad they’re playing… I sort of like it.
- Shall we dance?
- No way! Don’t you remember what happened last time?