THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND ACT II SCENE 22
Military HQ. A street. Army suppliers, officers, prostitutes and journalists can be seen. A War Press Bureau officer appears with a journalist.
HQ OFFICER 3: This is the promo for ‘Two Hundred Portraits of Our Military Leaders’ - don't keep staring at the whores, we're at war – you correct the mistakes. (He reads.) ‘One day, when the thunderous floods of world war have ebbed away, when comforting time has healed the wounds, and dried the tears, then, with clear eyes, we will look back at those glorious days when iron fists forged the history of the world!’ Now this – ‘Above all, we see the men who represented our fatherland's destiny!’ That’s boldface!
(In the background, an elderly, obese man, with whiskers and pince-nez, holding a marshal's baton in each hand, crosses from right to left. )
‘Full of love and adoration, we see those assigned to guide the fortunes of battle, untiring in their fervid struggle and like those heroes at the front - ’
JOURNALIST: The military leaders are equal to the heroes at the front?
HQ OFFICER 3: Don't try to be funny or I'll have you sent to the front.
JOURNALIST: And what about you?
HQ OFFICER 3: If this turns out right there's no danger of the front for me. Listen. ‘With heartfelt gratitude we shall create for these heroes - ’
JOURNALIST: Still the military leaders?
HQ OFFICER 3: Enough! ‘Create - a monument in our hearts where they will live as examples of highest sacrifice for the fatherland.’ A bolder face!
(In the background, the same obese man crosses the scene from left to right.)
Stop ogling the tarts! ‘Oskar Brüch’s pencil has captured their noblest features in an oeuvre of august historical significance, destined to preserve the images of the greatest men of our times ’ - as boldfaced as you can get!
(In the background the obese man crosses the scene from right to left.)
‘- for future generations but to become an adornment in the library of every home - ’ – Listen, this is army headquarters and not a brothel, understand?
JOURNALIST: Isn't that the colonel's piece, Camilla?
HQ OFFICER 3: If you want to try her for free, OK. But the promo first -
JOURNALIST: It’s a deal.
HQ OFFICER 3: The binding next, in exclusive leather, elegant, tasteful. Conditions of purchase. Signed by the Imperial and Royal War Office, etc. A sample illustration. I thought the image of the man who embodies the world's fate and our ultimate sacrifice in such an exemplary fashion!
(In the background the obese man crosses the scene from left to right.)
 Originally a War Press Bureau sergeant.
 ‘200 Porträts unsere Heerführer’, k.u.k. Kriegsministerium 1915.
 See II.1 Archduke Friedrich, Fat Freddie; in German the world for ‘bold(face) type’ is fett, literally ‘fat’.
 Oskar Brüch (1869-1943), Austrian artist noted for elegant scenes of military life and nice uniforms.