Act VIII, Scene 5(Dharma and the Karmayogin Office. Aurobindo and Nolini. Time: evening.)
AUROBINDO: Nolini, have you any desire to learn European languages, French, for instance, to start with?
NOLINI (taken aback): If you are pleased to help me, most certainly.
AUROBINDO: The National College1 has a stock of my books, I have lent them to it. (Handing him a short note.) Take this to the College Library. They will give you a volume of Moliere's works.
(Nolini goes out with the note and returns with the book.)
AUROBINDO (selecting "L'Avare"): Start here.
NOLINI (overwhelmed with surprise): Such a big leap for a beginner!
AUROBINDO (smiling): Shake off old ideas. Come along with me. Read as I do.
(Sri Aurobindo reads, Nolini follows — the former occasionally correcting the latter in pronunciation.)
Pronunciation well learnt, the thoughts and sentiments will present no difficulty. I will facilitate your understanding by writing the English meanings of difficult words in the margins.
DB 64,4. National College: Now Jadavpur University.↩