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(Lilacs arrive at RACH's door) [RACH] EVERY SUNDAY I GET LILACS IN THE MAIL NO MATTER WHERE I AM MOSCOW, DRESDEN, OR NEW YORK… WHITE LILACS EVEN IN WINTER WHEN THE TREES ARE FROZEN AND BARE IMPOSSIBLY THEY COME LILACS AT MY DOOR HOW CAN I LIVE UP TO THAT? SOMETIMES I'M A GOOD MAN AND SOMETIMES I AM NOT [NATALYA (bringing in more lilacs)] A lover, Serge? [RACH] No, no, Natalya Not a lover Just a lady who likes lilacs I guess [NATALYA] And who likes you [RACH] But she doesn't even know me [NATALYA] She admires you from afar You music must have done something to her [RACH] MAYBE SHE'S MY SECRET MUSE AND SHE'S LETTING IT BUILD UP INSIDE ME MAYBE EACH LILAC IS JUST ONE PART OF A PUZZLE AND THEY ALL FIT TOGETHER THOUSANDS OF LILACS IN A GRAND CATHEDRAL WHERE THE SUN COMES IN THROUGH THE FLOWERS BUT I NEED THEM ALL EVERY LAST ONE ONLY WHEN THEY'RE ALL TOGETHER WHEN THEY'RE FINALLY ALL TOGETHER ALL THE LILACS WILL COME TO LIFE THEY'LL SPRING UP AND DANCE A RHUMBA DANCE ON MY CHEST AND THEN THEY'LL RACE TO AN OPEN FIELD AND THEY'LL CLIMB OVER EACH OTHER AND THEY'LL BUILD THIS GREAT THING [NATALYA] OR MAYBE THE LILACS ARE POISONING YOU MAYBE THE LILACS ARE BLOCKING YOU MAYBE SHE'S AN ANTI-MUSE [RACH] Maybe so [NATALYA] Have you been to see Dahl yet? The hypnotherapist? [RACH] Yes I mean, I'm going to I mean, I think I already have [NATALYA] YOU SHOULD GO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE I HAVE STUDENTS TODAY But be back by five, the priest is coming by, to help us get an audience with the Tsar [RACH] Priest? [NATALYA] I told you this [RACH] Yes, yes of course! [NATALYA] YOU DO STILL WANT TO GET MARRIED, COUSIN? [RACH] COUSIN YES I DO [NATALYA] Good. Now go I have things to do, you know?