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Re: Harold Pinter: référence d'une citation connue David Blostein
I'm afraid I can't at the moment put my hand on the original source of "la
belette sous la cave a liqueurs" but you might be interested in Pinter's
own later comment, which he made at the University of Hamburg, 4 June, 1970,
in acceptance of a Shakespeare Prize: "Once, many years ago, I found myself
engaged uneasily in a public discussion on the theatre. Someone asked me
what my work was 'about'. I replied with no thought at all and merely to
frustrate this line of enquiry, 'The weasel under the cocktail cabinet.'
That was a great mistake. Over the years, I have seen that remark quoted
in a number of learned columns. It has now seemingly acquired a profound
significance, and is seen to be a highly relevant and meaningful
observation about my own work. But for me the remark meant precisely
"What am I writing about? Not the weasel under the cocktail
cabinet. I am not concerned with making general statements. I am not
interested in theatre used simply as a means of self-expression on the
part of the people engaged in it. ...
"I can sum up none of my plays. I can describe none of them,
except to say: That is what they said. That is what they did."
On Thu, 27 Aug 1998, Jean-Jacques Delfour wrote:
> Quelqu'un connait-il la source exacte de cette phrase de Harold Pinter:
> «Dans mes œuvres, l’essentiel, c’est la belette sous la cave à
> Je l'ai notee, il y a longtemps; je ne retrouve pas du tout la
> Merci de me secourir, ou de me donner une piste.