Lessons from Literature #109

"Then you'll play the santuri."

"If I'm in the mood, d'you hear?  If I'm in the mood.  I'll work for you as much as you like.  I'm your man there.  But the santuri, that's diffferent.  It's a wild animal, it needs freedom.  If I'm in the mood, I'll play.  I'll even sing.  And I'll dance the Zeimbekiko, the Hassapiko, the Pentozali -- but, I tell you plainly from the start, I must be in the mood.  Let's have that quite clear.  If you force me to, it'll be finished.  As regards those things, you must realize, I'm a man."

"A man?  What d'you mean?"

"Well, free!"

Zorba talking with his boss in Nikos Kazantzakis's Zorba the Greek

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