Prawda, ?e si? wywodzim wszyscy od Adama, Alem s?ysza?, ?e ch?opi pochodz? od Chama, ?ydowie od Jafeta, my szlachta od Sema, A wi?c panujem jako starsi nad obiema.
While it's true that we all from old Adam have come,
Yet I've heard that the peasants are issue of Ham,
Jews of Japhet, we gentry from eldest of brothers,
Are of Sem, and as eldest rule over the others.
Comment: Gerwazy's biblical justification of social inequality, after hearing about Tadeusz's plans to free serfs and give each one a portion of land. In Polish, cham, or "boor", was a derogatory term for a serf; Cham is also a Polish rendering of the name of Noah's son, Ham.