Plays of Protest: The Naturewoman, The Machine, The Second-story Man, Prince Hagen

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M. Kennerley, 1911 - 226 pages
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Page 145 - Tell them. JIM. I've seen a man there get caught in one of the cranes. They stopped the machinery, but they couldn't get him out. They'd have had to take the crane apart, and that would have cost several days, and it was rush time, and the man was only a poor Hunkie, and there was no one to know or care. So they started up the crane, and cut his leg off.
Page 145 - A lawyer? JIM. Yes, ma'am. Company representative, you know. And I was to sign the paper ... it was a receipt for the hospital expenses . . . the operation and all that . . . you see they had to take out what was left of my eye. And of course I couldn't see ... I had to sign where he told me to. -And when I got well, I found they had trapped me into signing a release. MRS.
Page 145 - Nothing . . . only I happen to know some people there. Go on. JIM. It's no child's work there, ma'am. There's an awful lot of accidents . . . more than the world has any idea of. I've seen a man sent to hell in the snapping of a finger. And they don't treat them fair . . . they hush things up. There are things you wouldn't believe if I told them to you. MRS.
Page 141 - The scene shows a luxuriously 'furnished room. In the centre is a table with a lamp. To the right is the entrance into the front hall, the front door of the house being visible. In the corner is a cabinet of curios. In the rear is a large window opening on the street. Open fire-place. There are two entrances at the left. There are book-shelves, several easy-chairs, etc., in the room.
Page 141 - The stage is empty, and the room is darkened except for the fire in the grate. Sounds of breaking wood are heard at the window. JIM. [A roughly-dressed young fellow with a patch over one eye, enters through window, stands gazing about nervously, looks into the hall, etc., then flashes a dark lantern.] This looks pretty good. Goes to mantel, takes silver cup and puts it into bag which he carries; then exit left.
Page 142 - Don't seem to have waked them. Proceeds to examine room, stopping now and then to listen. After placing several articles in bag, he goes to cabinet and tries to open it. This takes some time, and while he is crouching in the shadow, with his back to the entrance right, MRS. AUSTIN appears. MRS. AUSTIN. [She is young and beautiful, and wears a night-robe and dressing-gown.
Page 153 - No! JIM. Oh, they'll do it! I know what you mean . . . you'll make him stop . . . but they'll have another man in his place. It's a machine ... it goes right on. Yes, and you won't do as much as you think you will, either . . . you'll think it over, and you won't go as far as you mean to now. MRS.
Page 143 - You are afraid of me? I have no quarrel with you. I don't care anything for the things you have in the bag; and, besides, I suppose you won't take them now. I'm only sorry to see a man going wrong, and I'd like to help if I could. I'll play fair, I give you my word of honor.
Page 147 - AUSTIN. [Wildly.] Oh, spare me! JIM. I told you it wouldn't be a pretty story. Do you think maybe you wouldn't take to drink if you saw a sight like that? [Sinking back.] Since then I've looked for work, but I haven't cared much. Only sometimes I've thought I'd like to meet that young lawyer . . . MRS.
Page 143 - I give you my word. JIM. All right. I'ma fool, I guess, but I'll trust you. [Puts revolver in pocket.] Sit down, ma'am. It must be cold for you. This is a queer kind of layout for a burglar. [Sits opposite her.] You heard that racket I made in the other room? MRS.

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