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After 25 years of an arranged marriage, listen to Tevya’s question to Golde in the musical Fiddler on the Roof:

(Tevye) “Golde, I have decided to give Perchik permission to become engaged to our daughter, Hodel.”

(Golde) “What??? He’s poor! He has nothing, absolutely nothing!”

(Tevye) “He’s a good man, Golde. I like him. And what’s more important, Hodel likes him. Hodel loves him. So what can we do? It’s a new world... A new world. Love. Golde…Do you love me?”

(Golde) Do I what?

(Tevye) Do you love me?

(Golde) Do I love you? With our daughters getting married and this trouble in the town You’re upset, you’re worn out Go inside, go lie down! Maybe it’s indigestion

(Tevye) Golde I’m asking you a question... “Do you love me?”

(Golde) You’re a fool

(Tevye) I know...But do you love me?

(Golde) Do I love you? For twenty-five years I’ve washed your clothes Cooked your meals, cleaned your house Given you children, milked the cow After twenty-five years, why talk about love right now?

(Tevye) Golde, The first time I met you Was on our wedding day. I was scared

(Golde) I was shy

(Tevye) I was nervous

(Golde) So was I

(Tevye) But my father and my mother Said we’d learn to love each other And now I’m asking, Golde, Do you love me?

(Golde) I’m your wife!

(Tevye) I know...But do you love me?

(Golde) Do I love him? For twenty-five years I’ve lived with him Fought him, starved with him Twenty-five years my bed is his If that’s not love, what is?

(Tevye) Then you love me?

(Golde) I suppose I do

(Tevye) And I suppose I love you too

(Both) It doesn’t change a thing But even so After twenty-five years, It’s nice to know

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