The Creole, Or, Love's Fetters: An Original Drama in Three Acts

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T.H. Lacy, 1847 - Slavery - 48 pages
 

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Page 33 - What I am sure your good sense will approve. I avow to you plainly that I hate this Damiron. His prejudice has insulted me, and his hollow wealth has given him a title to do so. For that passable prettyness, his daughter, I am very anxious to wed her ; less for her own sake than because the union would humble Damiron's pride to the very earth. You have given me a right to be confidential with you, and you see I avail myself of it.
Page 33 - I iMtonr. (exultingly) His slave, sir — his slave ! Louise Fauriel is mine— mine by all the force of law— mine irrevocably ! Now, Frenchman, choose your course ! You have assigned your bride to me— to me, the despised Creole. She is my slave; and if you dare to dispute my will, I may — do you hear i' — I may . Her eyes, though tearful, are still bright ; her hair, though dishevelled, is still beautiful.
Page 3 - French inhabitants of Mauritius appeared neither independent in their circumstances, nor easy in their minds, though they affected dress and gaiety." " The condition of the Slave was that of the lowest and most abject degradation. Numbers of these unfortunates had European blood in their veins, being the offspring of liaisons between the Planters and their Slaves, but such a pedigree only increased their misfortune.
Page 3 - The Creole part of the population made themselves remarkable by the intrepidity they displayed on board the fleets of France, or by the efforts of individual enterprise." " But the European looked with disdain upon the Creole, who, in turn, regarded the former as an adventurer.
Page 48 - The day for claptraps is gone by, and a wiser rule has left the moral to be learned from the play, rather than to be pointed by the actor. But may we be permitted to remind those who have sympathised in the fortunes of our poor slave girl, that at this very hour there exist, in other countries, speaking our own language, thousands of maidens as young, as fair, as loving, and as liable to be bought and sold like beasts of the field. We can perhaps do but little towards lightening their fate ; but...
Page 17 - LATOUR. This meeting will be strange. Two persons at more singularly cross purposes have hardly met. But whether one or both will thank me for the introduction remains to be seen. The proud blood of the- Frenchman, and the fiery current which animates our pretty friend here, may both blaze out with a fury which wiU make the experiment hazardous.
Page 48 - It concerns ne:irly nil present. ; and you, my poor girl, more than all. (All attend.) " By a decree of the National Convention of France, slavery is henceforth abolished in all her colonies.'* [LATOUR falls dead.
Page 23 - I have here (takes up papers) the accursed proof which separates us for ever, while declaring her irrevocably mine. The slave whose beauty, whose grace, whose intellect — charms that might intoxicate the very soul of the prostrate lover, exulting in the thought that they were for him alone — the slave, whom the law pronounces incapable of uttering the marriage vow, the slave is mine ! And such is the end of my day dream.

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