Even if Michael Abashwili were not heir to the estates, he would still be the dearly beloved child of my client. AZDAK: Stop!the court is touched by the mention of estates. It’s proof of human feeling. SECOND LAWYER: Thanks, your hionor. Dear III Shuboladze, we can prove in any case that the woman who took the child is not the child’s mother. Permit me to lay before the court the bare facts. High court of justice, by an unfortunate chain of circumstances. Michael Abashwili was left behind Top grade predictor publishers Page | 190
101/1,101/2,101/3 English on that Easter Sunday while his mother was making her escape. Grusha , a palace kitchen maid, was seen with the baby…. COOK: All her mistress was thinking of was what dresses she’d take along! SECOND LAWYER ( unmoved) : Nearly a year later Grusha turned up in a mountauin village with a baby there entered into the state of matrimony with….. AZDAK: How’d you get to that mountain village? GRUSHA: On foot!your honor. And he was mine. SIMON: I’m the father. Your honor. COOK: I used to look after it for them. Your honor. For five piasters. SECOND LAWYER: This man is engaged to Grusha . high court of justice: his testimony suspect. AZDAK: Are you the man she married in the mountain village? SIMON: No, your honor, she married a peasant. AZDAK: (to Grusha): Why? (Pointing at SIMON) He was in the war, your honor AZDAK: And now he wants you back agauin, huh? SIMON: I wish to state the evedince… GRUSHA (angrily): he’s an ordinary child. AZDAK: I mean- did he have refined features from the beginning? GRUSHA: He had a nose on his face. AZDAK: A very significant comment! It has been said of me that I went out one time and sniffed at a rosebush before rendering verdict- tricks like that are needed nowadays. Well, I’ll make it short, and not listen to any more lies. (To GRUSHA) Especially not yours. (to all the accused) I can imagine what you’ve cooked up to cheat me! I know you people. You’re swindlers. QUESTIONS a) Give three reasons that Grusha gives for her to be given the child. (3 marks) b) “I went to such trouble for him, “give four challenges that Grusha went through in order to save Michael from pursuing ironshits. ( answer in note form) (5 marks) c) i) Simon: “No, your honor, she married a peasant.” What is the name of the peasant mentioned by Simon and what was wrong with him? (2 marks) ii) Why was it necessary for Grusha to get married to the peasant? (3 marks) d) One of the lawyers says something that ruins chances of Mrs. Abashwili this case. What is it that the lawyer says and how does it spoil the case? (4 marks) e) AZDAK: Did you hear? The question is unusual; I ask it because I listen in quite a different way.” In what way would you say that AZDAK’s judgments are unusual? (2 marks) f) Give one example of another case that AZDAK presided over and the judgement passed. (2 marks) g) i) Before judge Azdak passes judgement on this case he begins to listen to yet another case. What is this other case about? (2 marks) ii) What is the significance of this case to the case involving Grusha and Governor’s wife? (2 marks) 3. POETRY
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