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Charles Di Tocca A Tragedy   By: (1872-1943)

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A Tragedy


Cale Young Rice

McClure, Phillips & Co. New York 1903


Published, March, 1903, R

To My Wife



A Tragedy

CHARLES DI TOCCA Duke of Leucadia, Tyrant of Arta, etc. ANTONIO DI TOCCA His son. HÆMON A Greek noble. BARDAS His friend. CARDINAL JULIAN The Pope's Legate. AGABUS A mad monk. CECCO Seneschal of the Castle. FULVIA COLONNA Under the duke's protection. HELENA Sister to Hæmon. GIULIA Serving Fulvia. PAULA Serving Helena. LYGIA } PHAON } Revellers. ZOE } BASIL }

NARDO, a boy, and DIOGENES, a philosopher.

A Captain of the Guard, Soldiers, Guests, Attendants, etc.

Time : Fifteenth Century.


Scene. The Island Leucadia. A ruined temple of Apollo near the town of Pharo. Broken columns and stones are strewn, or stand desolately about. It is night the moon rising. ANTONIO, who has been waiting impatiently, seats himself on a stone. By a road near the ruins FULVIA enters, cloaked.

ANTONIO ( turning ): Helen !

FULVIA: A comely name, my lord.

ANTONIO: Ah, you? My father's unforgetting Fulvia?

FULVIA: At least not Helena, whoe'er she be.

ANTONIO: And did I call you so?

FULVIA: Unless it is These stones have tongue and passion.

ANTONIO: Then the night Recalling dreams of dim antiquity's Heroic bloom worked on me. But whence are Your steps, so late, alone?

FULVIA: From the Cardinal, Who has but come.

ANTONIO: What comfort there?

FULVIA: With doom The moody bolt of Rome broods over us.

ANTONIO: My father will not bind his heresy?

FULVIA: You with him walked to day. What said he?

ANTONIO: I? With him to day? Ah, true. What may be done?

FULVIA: He has been strange of late and silent, laughs, Seeing the Cross, but softly and almost As it were some sweet thing he loved.

ANTONIO ( absently ): As if 'Twere some sweet thing he laughs is strange you say?

FULVIA: Stranger than is Antonio his son, Who but for some expectancy is vacant. ( She makes to go. )

ANTONIO: Stay, Fulvia, though I am not in poise. Last night I dreamed of you: in vain you hovered To reach me from the coil of swift Charybdis.

( A low cry, ANTONIO starts. )

Fulvia: A woman's voice! ( Looking down the road. ) And hasting here!


FULVIA: No, with another!

ANTONIO: Go, then, Fulvia. 'Tis one would speak with me.

FULVIA: Ah? ( She goes. )

Enter HELENA frightedly with PAULA.

HELENA: Antonio!

ANTONIO: My Helena, what is it? You are wan And tremble as a blossom quick with fear Of shattering. What is it? Speak.

HELENA: Not true! O, 'tis not true!

ANTONIO: What have you chanced upon?

HELENA: Say no to me, say no, and no again!

ANTONIO: Say no, and no?

HELENA: Yes; I am reeling, wrung, With one glance o'er the precipice of ill! Say his incanted prophecies spring from No power that's more than frenzied fantasy!

ANTONIO: Who prophesies? Who now upon this isle More than visible and present day Can gather to his eye? Tell me... Continue reading book >>

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