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[about Yente, the matchmaker
: But Mama, the men she finds. The last one was so old and he was bald. He had no hair. Golde
: A poor girl without a dowry can't be so particular. You want hair, marry a monkey.
: Times are changing, Reb Tevye. The thing is, over a year ago, your daughter, Tzeitel, and I gave each other our pledge that we would marry. Tevye
: You gave each other a... pledge? Tzeitel
: Yes, Papa. We gave each other our pledge.
[Yente has returned from the post office
: The postman told me there was a letter for your sister, Hodel. Tzeitel
: Thank you, I'll go and get it. Yente
: I got it. It's, ah, from her intended, Perchik. Tzeitel
: Oh, she'll be so happy, she's been waiting to hear from... but it's open! Yente
] So, it happened to be open...
: We only have one Rabbi, and he only has one son. Why shouldn't I want the best? Tzeitel
: Because you're a girl from a poor family. So whatever Yente brings, you'll take. Right? Of course, right!
[sings, mimicking Yente
: Hodel! Oh Hodel, have I made a match for you! He's handsome, he's young! All right, he's sixty-two. But he's a nice man, a good catch, true? True! I promise you'll be happy, and even if you're not, there's more to life than that... Don't ask me what.
: Chava, I've found him; will you be a lucky bride! He's handsome, he's tall! That is, from side to side, but he's a nice man, a good catch, right? Hodel
: Right! Tzeitel
: You heard he has a temper. Hodel
: He'll *beat* you every night. Tzeitel
: But only when he's sober... Tzeitel
: So you're all right!
: Since when are you interested in a match, Chava? I thought you just had your eyes on your books. Chava
: [storms away with basket
: [to Hodel
] And you have your eye on the Rabbi's son. Hodel
: Well, why not? We only have one rabbi, and he only has one son. Why shouldn't I want the best? Tzeitel
: Because you're a girl from a poor family. So, whatever yente brings, you'll take, right?
[puts black blanket on head
: Of COURSE right!