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Judith, a play in three acts Founded on the Apocryphal Book of Judith   By: (1867-1931)

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WORKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR

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A MAN FROM THE NORTH ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS LEONORA A GREAT MAN SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE WHOM GOD HATH JOINED BURIED ALIVE THE OLD WIVES' TALE THE GLIMPSE THE ROLL CALL HELEN WITH THE HIGH HAND CLAYHANGER HILDA LESSWAYS THE CARD THE REGENT THE PRICE OF LOVE THESE TWAIN THE LION'S SHARE THE PRETTY LADY

FANTASIES

THE GRAND BABYLON HOTEL THE GATES OF WRATH THERESA OF WATLING STREET THE LOOT OF CITIES HUGO THE GHOST THE CITY OF PLEASURE

SHORT STORIES

TALES OF THE FIVE TOWNS THE GRIM SMILE OF THE FIVE TOWNS THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS

BELLES LETTRES

JOURNALISM FOR WOMEN FAME AND FICTION HOW TO BECOME AN AUTHOR THE TRUTH ABOUT AN AUTHOR MENTAL EFFICIENCY HOW TO LIVE ON TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY THE HUMAN MACHINE LITERARY TASTE FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPINESS THOSE UNITED STATES PARIS NIGHTS MARRIED LIFE LIBERTY OVER THERE: WAR SCENES THE AUTHORS CRAFT BOOKS AND PERSONS SELF AND SELF MANAGEMENT

DRAMA

POLITE FARCES CUPID AND COMMONSENSE WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS THE HONEYMOON THE TITLE THE GREAT ADVENTURE MILESTONES (In Collaboration with Edward Knoblock)

In Collaboration with Eden Phillpotts

THE SINEWS OF WAR: A ROMANCE THE STATUE: A ROMANCE

JUDITH

A PLAY IN THREE ACTS

Founded on the apocryphal book of "Judith"

BY

ARNOLD BENNETT

LONDON

1919

First published April 30, 1919

NOTE

This play was presented for the first time at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, on Monday, April 7th, 1919, with the following cast:

Judith LILLAH MCCARTHY Haggith ESMÉ HUBBARD Rahel MADGE MURRAY Ozias CAMPBELL GULLAN Holofernes CLAUDE KING Bagoas ERNEST THESIGER Achior GEOFFREY DOUGLAS Chabris E.H. PATERSON Charmis FEWLASS LLEWELLYN Ingur FREDERICK VOLPE Messenger FELIX AYLMER Soldier CLIFFORD MOLLISON Attendant EDWIN OXLEE

The play was produced by WILFRED EATON

CHARACTERS

Hebrews

JUDITH HAGGITH, her waiting woman RAHEL OZIAS, Governor of Bethulia CHABRIS, an elder CHARMIS, an elder A SOLDIER A MESSENGER

Assyrians

HOLOFERNES, General of the Assyrian armies BAGOAS, his chief eunuch ACHIOR, a captain INGUR, a soldier AN ATTENDANT ON BAGOAS

ACT I

A street in the city of Bethulia .

ACT II

SCENE I. The valley near the Assyrian camp. Time, morning; two days later .

SCENE II. The tent of Holofernes. Time, later, the same morning .

SCENE III. The same. Time, the same night .

ACT III

SCENE I. Same as Act I. Time, later, the same night.

SCENE II. The same. Time, the next day .

ACT I

A street in the city of Bethulia in Judea. Bethulia is in the hill country, overlooking the great plain of Jezreel to the south west. Back, the gates of the city, hiding the view of the plain. Right, Judith's house, with a tent on the roof. Left, houses. The street turns abruptly, back left, along the wall of the city. Left centre, a built up vantage point, from which the plain can be seen over the gates .

TIME: Fifth century B.C.

Towards evening .

Ozias is standing alone in the street, drinking from a leathern bottle. Enter Chabris, back left .

OZIAS (quickly, but with perfect calmness, hiding the bottle in his garments ). Old man! It is years since I saw you. How came you past the guard, old man?

CHABRIS. Old? Old? I am not yet a hundred. Who are you?

OZIAS. Ozias.

CHABRIS. Ah! So this is Ozias, the son of Ezbon. Before your father could walk I have nursed him on my knee; and he was filled like the full moon with naughtiness.

OZIAS. What has brought you at last out of your house? Are you come to prophesy once more?

CHABRIS. I have given up prophesying.

OZIAS. A profession full of risks.

CHABRIS. I pass my endless days in meditation and solitude.

OZIAS. That sounds much safer. How comely is the wisdom of old men!

CHABRIS. And what do you do, sprig?

OZIAS... Continue reading book >>




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