Scene on Three (28)

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‘Bread! Bread! Bread!’
‘Idiots!’ repeated M. Hennebeau. ‘Am I happy?’
Anger arose in him against these people who could not understand. He would willingly have made them a present of his large salary, to possess their tough skin and their facility of coupling without regret. Why couldn’t he sit them down at his table and stuff them with his pheasant, while he went off to fornicate behind the hedges, and tumble girls over, mocking those who had tumbled them over before him! He would have given everything, his education, his well-being, his luxury, his power as manager, if he could for one day have been the lowest of the wretches who obeyed him, free of his flesh, enough of a blackguard to beat his wife and to take his pleasure with his neighbours’ wives. And he longed also to be starving, to have an empty belly, a stomach twisted by cramps that would make his head turn with giddiness: perhaps that would have killed the eternal pain. Ah! to live like a brute, to possess nothing, to scour the fields with the ugliest and dirtiest putter, and to be able to be happy!
…..
And in this exasperation of his torment, tears swelled in M. Hennebeau’s eyes, and broke in burning drops on his cheeks. The twilight was drowning the road, when stones began to riddle the front of the villa. With no anger now against these starving people, enraged only by the burning wound at his heart, he continued to stammer in the midst of his tears: ‘Idiots! What idiots!’
But the cry of the belly dominated, and a roar blew like a tempest, sweeping everything aside: ‘Bread! Bread! Bread!’
(p.322-323)

Adegan ini adalah satu dari sedikit gambaran dari pihak kaum berada dalam buku Germinal karya Émile Zola. Lebih dari dua pertiga buku ini menunjukkan penderitaan dan kehidupan masyarakat kelas pekerja di masa itu, dan emosi yang ditunjukkan oleh M. Hennebeau dalam bagian ini menunjukkan sisi lain dari itu.

Saat itu, sedang terjadi unjuk rasa besar-besaran dari para pekerja, bahkan sempat terjadi kekerasan yang tidak pada tempatnya. Sementara itu, M. Hennebeau juga sedang mengalami masalah pribadi yang disebabkan oleh perselingkuhan istrinya. Penderitaan yang dirasakannya saat itu menyebabkan dirinya memandang masalah perut bukanlah masalah besar. Rasa sakit hatinya bersedia dia tukar dengan kelaparan asalkan dia bisa bertindak sebagaimana masyarakat pekerja yang tidak terikat aturan dan tata krama dalam pergaulan.

Sungguh, hal ini sangat jamak terjadi, kita yang merasa kekurangan di satu sisi rela menukarnya dengan kekurangan di sisi yang lainnya, merasa bahwa rasa sakit yang kita alami adalah yang terburuk. Namun benarkah demikian? Jika suatu saat posisi kita benar-benar terbalik, kemungkinan besar kita akan meminta dikembalikan juga pada posisi semula. Mungkin saja.

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2 responses to “Scene on Three (28)

  1. Mungkin solusinya harus bersyukur dengan apapun yang dimiliki dan berpikir bahwa sesuatu pasti akan ada hikmahnya,.🙂

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