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Roses: Four One-Act Plays Streaks of Light—The Last Visit—Margot—The Far-away Princess   By: (1857-1928)

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BOOKS BY HERMANN SUDERMANN Published By CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

The Joy of Living ( Es Lebe das Leben ). A Play in Five Acts. Translated from the German by Edith Wharton. net $1.25

Roses. Four One Act Plays. Translated from the German by Grace Frank. net $1.25

Morituri. Three One Act Plays. Translated from the German by Archibald Alexander. net $1.25

ROSES

ROSES

FOUR ONE ACT PLAYS

STREAKS OF LIGHT THE LAST VISIT MARGOT THE FAR AWAY PRINCESS

BY

HERMANN SUDERMANN

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BY GRACE FRANK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK:::::::::::::::::::::::: 1909

Copyright, 1909, by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS Published September, 1909

CONTENTS

Streaks Of Light

Margot

The Last Visit

The Far away Princess

I

STREAKS OF LIGHT

A PLAY IN ONE ACT

CHARACTERS

Julia. Pierre. Wittich.

The Present Day

The action takes place at a small pavilion situated in the park belonging to an old castle .

STREAKS OF LIGHT

An octagonal pavilion of the Rococo period, the three front walls of which are cut off by the proscenium. Ceiling and walls are cracked and spotted by rain, and bear the marks of long disuse. At the back, in the centre, a large doorway. The glass door is thrown wide open; the shutters behind are closed. On the right and left, in the oblique walls of the room, are windows, the shutters of which are also closed. Through the blinds at the door and the right window, sunbeams in streaks of light penetrate the semi darkness of the room.

On the left, in the foreground, a Louis Sixteenth sofa with table and gilded chairs to match. On the wall above, an old mirror. Near the sofa, a tapestried doorway. A chandelier wrapped in a dusty gauze covering is suspended from the ceiling. A four post bed with hangings of light net takes up the right side of the stage. In the foreground, in front of the bed, a table with plates, glasses, wine decanters, and provisions on it. A coffee percolator stands under the table. In the middle of the stage, a little to the right, a chaise longue. At the head of it, a small table. Between the large door and the windows, dusty marble busts on dilapidated pedestals. Above them, on the walls, a collection of various sorts of weapons. The Oriental rugs which are thrown about the floor and over the chaise longue contrast strangely with the faded splendour of the past.

The whole room is decorated with roses. On the table at the left is a bronze vessel of antique design overflowing with roses. Garlands of roses hang from the chandelier and encircle the bedposts. On the small table near the chaise longue, a large, flat dish, also filled with roses. In fact wherever there is any place for these flowers, they have been used in profusion.

Part of the table which stands in front of the sofa is covered by a napkin, upon which are seen a bottle of wine and the remains of a luncheon for one. It is a sultry afternoon in midsummer... Continue reading book >>




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