Ibsen's Prose Dramas: Emperor and Galilean ... [Tr. by William Archer
Books LLC, 2009 - 92 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1906 Excerpt: ... Agathon. You shall hear; it concerns what has driven me to cross the sea Julian. You have a special errand here? I had quite forgotten to ask you AGATHON. A strange errand; so strange that I am lost in doubt and indecision. There is so much I would like to know first--about life in the city--about yourself--and the Emperor. JULIAN looks hard at him). Tell me the truth, Agathon--with whom have you spoken before meeting me? Agathon. With no one. JULIAN. When did you arrive? AGAthON. I have told you--two days ago. JULIAN. And already you want to know? What do you want to know about the Emperor? Has any one set you on to?Embraces him.) Oh, forgive me, Agathon, my friend! Agathon. What? Why? JULIAN rises and listens). Hush!--No, it was nothing--only a bird in the bushes I am exceedingly happy here. Why should you doubt it? Have I not all my family gathered here? or at least--all over whom a gracious Saviour has held his hand. AGAthON. And the Emperor is as a father to you? JULIAN. The Emperor is beyond measure wise and good. AGAthON who has also risen). Julian, is the rumour true that you are one day to be the Emperor's successor? JULIAN hastily). Do not speak of such dangerous things. I do not know what foolish rumours are abroad.--Why do you question me so much? Not a word will I answer till you have told me what brings you to Constantinople. AGAthON. I come at the bidding of the Lord God. JULIAN. If you love your Saviour or your salvation, get you home again. Leans over the balustrade and listens.) Speak softly; a boat is coming in (Leads him over towards the other side.) What do you want here? To kiss the splinter of the holy cross?--Get you home again, I say! Do you know what Constantinople has become in these last fifteen months? A Babylon of blasphemy.--H...
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