Nathan Hale: A Play in Four Acts

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R.H. Russell, 1899 - Hale, Nathan, 1755-1776 - 100 pages
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Page 52 - We are all opposed to it! Surely we have some influence with you! It is to certain death that you are needlessly exposing yourself! Hale. Needlessly? Hull. [Also rising, excitedly] It is to more than certain death, it is to an ignominious one! Captain Hale, as a member of your own regiment, I ask you not to undertake this! [HALE shakes his head simply.] We will find some one else! Some one who can be more easily spared. [Here he loses his manner of soldier, and speaks impulsively as a boy.] Nathan...
Page 53 - I am fully sensible of the consequences of discovery and capture in such a situation. But for a year I have been attached to the army and have not rendered any material service, while receiving a compensation for which I make no return. Yet I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward.
Page 53 - I know no other mode of obtaining the information, than by assuming a disguise, and passing into the enemy's camp. I am fully sensible of the consequences of discovery and capture in such a situation. But for a year I have...
Page 99 - A dim, gray haze next fills the stage, and through this gradually breaks the rising sun. The birds begin to wake, and suddenly there is heard the loud, deep-toned, single toll of a bell, followed by a roll of muffled drums in the distance. Slowly the orchard fills with murmuring, whispering people; men and women coming up through the trees make a semicircle amongst them, about the gallows tree, but at a good distance.
Page 85 - ... pillar of the porch, and is stunned. Meanwhile, the moment he has hit CUNNINGHAM, HALE has sprung upon FITZROY, and, with one hand over his mouth, has bent his head back with the other, until he has released ALICE. HALE then throws FITZROY down, and, seizing ALICE about the waist, dashes off with her to the Right, where his horse is. FITZROY rises and runs to CUNNINGHAM, kicks him to get his gun, which has fallen under him. FITZROY.
Page 55 - You heard them—it's to deall you 're going. HALE. Perhaps— ALICE. [In a whisper.] You will go ? HALE. I must! ALICE. [A wild cry.] Then I hate you! HALE. And I love you, and always will so long as a heart beats in my body. [He wishes to embrace her.] ALICE. No! [She draws back her head, her eyes blazing, she is momentarily insane with fear and grief and love.
Page 31 - KNOWLTON. Hale's done a hundred brave things since then ! The eyes of the whole army are upon him. ALICE. [Very happy and proud.] I know something very few are aware of. Not long ago the men of his company, whose term of service had expired, determined to leave the ranks, and he offered to give them his pay if they would only remain a certain time longer. [The two men come forward.,] CAPTAIN ADAMS. Good heavens! What, my daughter doesn't know about Captain Hale!— ALICE. [Beseeching.] Father! CAPTAIN...
Page 49 - As everything," he wrote to Heath, at Kingsbridge, " in a manner depends upon obtaining intelligence of the enemy's motions. I do most earnestly entreat you and General Clinton to exert yourselves to accomplish this most desirable end. Leave no stone unturned, nor do not stick at expense, to bring this to pass, as I never was more uneasy than on account of my want of knowledge on this score. Keep constant look-outs," he adds. " with good glasses on some commanding heights that look well on to the...
Page 99 - ... She is quickly carried out by two bystanders. Hale is led to the foot of the tree before the ladder. The soldiers are in double lines on either side. FITZROY. [To Hale.] Nathan Hale, have you anything to say ? We are ready to hear your last dying speech and confession ! [Hale is standing, looking up, his lips moving slightly, as if in prayer. He remains in this position a moment, and then, with a sigh of relief and rest, looks upon the sympathetic faces of the people about him, with almost a...
Page 99 - The bell tolls at intervals, and muffled drums are heard between the twittering and happy songs of birds. There is the sound of musketry, of drums beating a funeral march, which gets nearer, and finally a company of British soldiers marches in, led by Fitzroy, Nathan Hale in their midst, walking alone, his hands tied behind his back. As he comes forward the people are absolutely silent, and a girl in the front row of the spectators falls forward in a dead faint. She is quickly carried out by two...

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