Strong. Please don't! That is just what I need! It is the bended bow that shows its strength, as you know very well.
Hardius. Do we part as friends ?
Strong. Friends? — no. I do not like misusing that word. But I will gladly shake hands with you. (He shakes hands with Hardius.)
Hardius. I have warned you!
Strong. And I have warned you!
Hardius. (Puts his hot on, goes to the entrance; sees Dieuwke, who ad vances, as if she had just come in. He takes his hat off to her, moving to one side.) I beg your pardon. (Off.)
Strong and Dieuwke (stand looking at one another from a short distance).
Strong. (Without going to meet her.) Did you hear anything.
Dieuwke. A little. But that little was a great deal.
Strong. Do you know that the existence of one of us is at stake?
Strong. (Softly; threatening.) Against which of us is there the most reason for one to be on one's guard — Against him or me?