Writings, 1942

[The Adventures of Punch and the Libertine in the Countryside]

The character of Punch is one of the most common inhabitants of Bergman’s plays and prose from the 1940’s, including this fragment.

About the text

The fragment is undated, so the year is an approximation. For the most part, it’s typical early 40’s Bergman, with one glaring exception: the gorgeous weather!

So this is where you’ve been skulking about, said Punch.

I was on my way to get – a thing. And you?

I was just passing by, as it so happens, said Punch.

Beautiful weather, anyway. Not a drop of rain, not in this heat. Look, even the asphalt is sweating. The ice cream sellers must be making millions!