On the Frontier: A Melodrama in Three Acts

By W. H. Auden; Christopher Isherwood | Go to book overview
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ACT THREE

SCENE I

[The Ostnia-Westland Room. It is early evening. On the left of stage, MARTHA sits rolling bandages. MRS. THORVALDis knitting a muffler, DR. THORVALDis reading the casualty lists in the newspaper.]

[On the right of the stage sits MRS. VRODNY, all in black, alone. She is staring in front of her, with a fixed expression. She looks much older.]

[It is noticeable that both homes seem shabbier and poorer than in the earlier scenes. Several pieces of furniture are missing. Indeed, the VRODNY-HUSSEKhome is almost bare.]

MRS. THORVALD. Mrs. Veigal says it was perfectly wonderful. She could hear Bob's voice just as if he were in the room. He told her not to worry. Those who have passed over are all very happy. He said the Other Side was difficult to describe, but it was like listening to glorious music!

MARTHA. It's wicked, Hilda; and dangerous as well! How does she know she wasn't talking to an evil spirit?

MRS. THORVALD. I don't see that it can do any harm.

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