Washington Square Plays: 1. The Clod, by Lewis Beach. 2. Eugenically Speaking, by Edward Goodman. 3. Overtones, by Alice Gerstenberg. 4. Helena's Husband, by Philip Moeller

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Doubleday, Page, 1916 - One-act plays - 121 pages
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Page 121 - 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 78 - Margaret] That's very nice of you to suggest — of course I don't know — MAGGIE [In fear] For God's sake, say yes. MARGARET [Quietly to Harriet] Of course, I don't know whether John would. He is very peculiar in these matters. He sets his value on his work and thinks it beneath him to discuss price. HETTY [To Maggie] You needn't try to make us feel small. MARGARET Still, I might quite delicately mention to him that inasmuch as you have many influential friends you would be very glad to — to...
Page 61 - HETTY [Moving away] I don't love him, that's certain. HARRIET You leave all the fibbing to me. He doesn't suspect that my calm, suave manner hides your hatred. Considering the amount of scheming it causes me it can safely be said that he is my husband. HETTY Oh, if you love him — HARRIET I? I haven't any feelings. It isn't my business to love anybody. HETTY Then why need you object to calling him my husband? HARRIET I resent your appropriation of a man who is managed only through the cleverness...
Page 39 - I do not believe you will ever have any improvement in the human race until you greatly widen the area of possible sexual selection; until you make it as wide as the numbers of the community make it. Just consider what occurs at the present time. I walk down Oxford Street, let me say, as a young man. I see a woman who takes my fancy. I fall in love with her. It would seem very sensible, in an intelligent community, that I should take off my hat and say to this lady: 'Will you excuse me; but you attract...
Page 27 - Dick go on devouring food. The Sergeant pours the coffee. Puts his cup to his lips, takes one swallow; then, jumping to his feet and upsetting his chair as he does so, he hurls his cup to the floor. The crash of china stirs Thaddeus. Mary shakes in terror.) Sergeant. (Bellowing and pointing to the fluid trickling on the floor.) Have you tried to poison us, you God damn hag? (Mary screams, and the faces of the men turn white. It is like the cry of the animal goaded beyond endurance.) Mary. (Screeching.)...
Page 19 - I'll have to ask you to get us some breakfast. We're famished. [With relief but showing some anger, Mary turns to the stove. She lights the fire and puts more coffee in the pot.] SERGEANT.
Page 73 - France, too, and they simply insisted upon his coming here. HARRIET. Whom is he going to paint here? MAGGIE, [frightened.] What names dare I make up? MARGARET, [calmly.] Just at present Miss Dorothy Ainsworth of Oregon is posing. You may not know the name, but she is the daughter of a wealthy miner who found gold in Alaska. HARRIET. I dare say there are many Western people we have never heard of. MARGARET. You must have found social life in New York very interesting, Harriet, after the simplicity...
Page 96 - 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 all wanted her? He was too wise for that. He is the only man I've ever known who seems able to direct destiny. ANALYTIKOS. You should not...
Page 59 - jealous" green. Her counterpart, Hetty, wears a gown of the same design but in a darker shade. Margaret wears a gown of lavender chiffon while her counterpart, Maggie, wears a gown of the same design in purple, a purple scarf veiling her face. Chiffon is used to give a sheer effect, suggesting a possibility of primitive and cultured selves merging into one woman. The primitive and cultured selves never come into actual physical contact but try to sustain the impression of mental conflict. Harriet...
Page 81 - My kind regards to John. MAGGIE (To HETTY; He has forgotten all about you. MARGARET (Rises) He will be so happy to receive them. HETTY (To MAGGIE; I can hardly wait to talk to him again. HARRIET I shall wait, then, until you send me word? MARGARET (Offering her hand) I'll speak to John about it as soon as I can and tell you when to come. (HARRIET takes MARGARET'S hand affectionately. HETTY and MAGGIE rush at each other, throw back their veils, and fling their speeches fiercely at each other.) HETTY...

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