Five Somewhat Historical Plays

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A. A. Knopf, 1918 - 147 pages
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Page 42 - You will we hate with a lasting hate, We will never forego our hate, Hate by water and hate by land, Hate of the head and hate of the hand, Hate of the hammer and hate of the crown, Hate of seventy millions, choking down. We love as one, we hate as one, We have one foe and one alone — ENGLAND...
Page 12 - There's no doubt about it. TSUMU. Analytikos says there is much doubt about all things. HELENA. Never mind what he says. I envy you your complexion. TSUMU \falling prostrate before HELENA]. Whom the Queen envies should beware. HELENA [annoyed]. Get up, Tsumu. You make me nervous tumbling about like that. TSUMU [still on the floor]. Why does the great Queen envy Tsumu? HELENA. Get up, you silly. [She kicks her.] I envy you because you can run about and never worry about getting sunburnt. TSUMU [on...
Page 29 - PARIS. No. Perhaps, after all, your soul is not ready for the supremest heights. HELENA. Do you mean to say I'm not religious? Religion teaches the meaning of love. PARIS. Has it taught you to love your husband? HELENA [starting up and immediately sitting down again]. How dare you speak to me like that? PARIS. You see. I was right. [He goes toward the balcony.] HELENA [stopping him].
Page 14 - I'll wear my heliotrope this afternoon. [A trumpet sounds below in the courtyard. TSUMU goes to the window.] TSUMU. They are changing the guards at the gates of the palace. It's almost time for your bath. [She begins scraping the massage ointment back into the box.] HELENA. You're as careful with that ointment as Moo Moo is with me. TSUMU. Precious things need precious guarding. HELENA. It's very short-sighted on Moo Moo's part to send everybody to the galleys who dares lift a head when I pass by...
Page 19 - ... of woman and even at my age — MENELAUS. Give it up, old man. The answer is — don't. ANALYTIKOS. Such endless variety, and yet — MENELAUS [with the conviction of finality]. There are only two sorts of women! Those who are failures and those who realize it. ANALYTIKOS. Is not Penelope, the model wife of your cousin Ulysses, an exception? MENELAUS. Duty is the refuge of the unbeautiful. She is as commonplace as she is ugly. [And then with deep bitterness.] Why didn't he marry Helen when we...
Page 30 - ... HELENA. He never listens to my aspirations. PARIS. Egoist. HELENA [assuming an irresistible pose]. I'm tired of being only lovely. He doesn't realize the meaning of spiritual intercourse, of soul communion. PARIS. Fool! HELENA. You dare call Moo Moo a fool? PARIS. Has he not been too blind to see that your soul outshines your beauty? [Then, very dramatically.] You're stifling! HELENA [clearing her throat]. I — I — PARIS.
Page 16 - I'll never do it again, Moo Moo. [She giggles.] MENELAUS. Your laugh gets on my nerves. It's louder than it used to be. HELENA. If you wish it, I'll never, never laugh again. MENELAUS. You've promised that too often. HELENA [sadly]. Things are not as they used to be. MENELAUS. Are you going to start that again? HELENA [with a tinge of melancholy].
Page 13 - ... is the only thing in which I can see myself full-length. If he only went to war, he'd have to have it cleaned. TSUMU [putting the mirror on a table near the QUEEN]. The King is a lover of peace. HELENA. The King is a lover of comfort. Have you noticed that he spends more time than he used to in the library? TSUMU. He is busy with questions of State. HELENA. You know perfectly well that when anything's the matter with the Government it's always straightened out at the other end of the palace....
Page 39 - How Greek to blame fate for what one wants to do. [TSUMU again comes tumbling in.] TSUMU [again prostrate before the KING]. A rumor flies through the city. He — he — ANALYTIKOS [anxiously]. Well? Well? TSUMU. He— he— MENELAUS [furiously to ANALYTIKOS]. Rid me of this croaking raven. TSUMU. Evil has fallen on Sparta. He — ANALYTIKOS. Yes— yes— MENELAUS [in a rage]. Out of my sight, perfidious Nubian. [Sounds of confusion in the courtyard. Suddenly she springs to her feet and yells at...
Page 41 - No more than a scrap of papyrus. Sparta will fight to regain her Queen. MENELAUS. But I don't want her back. ANALYTIKOS. Can you tell that to Sparta? Remember, the King can do no wrong. Last night I dreamed of war. MENELAUS. No! No! Don't say that. After the scandal I can't be expected to fight to get her back. ANALYTIKOS. Sparta will see with the eyes of chivalry. MENELAUS [fuming]. But I don't believe in war. ANALYTIKOS [still obdurate]. Have you forgotten the oath pledged of old, with Ulysses...

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