Beyond the Horizon: A Play in Three Acts

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Boni and Liveright, 1920 - 165 pages
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Page 162 - I'd try to end as I might have— if I'd had the courage— alone— in a ditch by the open road— watching the sun rise.
Page 50 - You ain't been workin' here for no hire, Andy, that you kin give me your notice to quit like you've done. The farm is your'n as well as mine. You've always worked on it with that understanding; and what you're sayin' you intend doin' is just skulkin' out o* your rightful responsibility.
Page 69 - Robert don't let on to you what's happenin'; and you'd never see it yourself if 'twas under your nose. But, thank the Lord, Ruth still comes to me once in a while for advice when she's worried near out of her senses by his goin's-on. Do you know what she told me last night? But I forgot, she said not to tell you — still I think you've got a right to know, and it's my duty not to let such things go on behind your back. Mrs. Mayo [wearily] : You can tell me if you want to. Mrs. Atkins [bending over...
Page 65 - Sitting room of the farm house about half past twelve in the afternoon of a hot, sun-baked day in midsummer, three years later. All the windows are open, but no breeze stirs the soiled white curtains. A patched screen door is in the rear. Through it the yard can be seen, its small stretch of lawn divided by the dirt path leading to the door from the gate in the white picket fence which borders the road. The room has changed, not so much in its outward appearance as in its general atmosphere. Little...
Page 25 - I think love must have been the secret — the secret that called to me from over the world's rim — the secret beyond every horizon; and when I did not come, it came to me.
Page 127 - RUTH: I wrote you had lung trouble. ROBERT (flying into a petty temper): You are a fool? How often have I explained to you that it's pleurisy is the matter with me. You can't seem to get it in your head that the pleura is outside the lungs, not in them! RUTH (callously): I only wrote what Doctor Smith told me. ROBERT (angrily): He's a damned ignoramus!
Page 161 - ... hills. The roadside, however, is still steeped in the grayness of the dawn, shadowy and vague. The field in the foreground has a wild uncultivated appearance as if it had been allowed to remain fallow the preceding summer. Parts of the snake-fence in the rear have been broken down. The apple tree is leafless and seems dead. ROBERT staggers weakly in from the left. He stumbles into the ditch and lies there for a moment; then crawls with a great effort to the top of the bank where he can see the...
Page 68 - I'm in the grave and out o' their way the better it'd suit them. MRS. MAYO. You mustn't talk that way, Sarah. They're not as wicked as that. And you've got years and years before you, MRS. ATKINS. You're like the rest, Kate. You don't know how near the end I am. Well, at least I can go to my eternal rest with a clear conscience. I've done all a body could do to avert ruin from this house. On their heads be it! MRS. MAYO, (with hopeless indifference} Things might be worse. Robert never had any experience...
Page 96 - He is dressed in the simple blue uniform and cap of a merchant ship's officer.) ANDREW. Here you are, eh? ROBERT. Hello, Andy. ANDREW (going over to MARY) . And who's this young lady I find you all alone with, eh? Who's this pretty young lady? (He tickles the laughing, squirming MARY, then lifts her up at arm's length over his head.) Upsy — daisy! (He sets her down on the ground again.) And there you are! (He walks over and sits down on the boulder beside ROBERT who moves to one side to make room...
Page 138 - I've been waiting ANDREW (kissing her hastily). I got here as soon as I could. (He throws off his cap and heavy overcoat on the table, introducing RUTH and the DOCTOR as he does so. He is dressed in an expensive business suit and appears stouter.) My sister-in-law, Mrs. Mayo — Doctor Fawcett. (They bow to each other silently. ANDREW casts a quick glance about the room.) Where's Rob?

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