The World of Light: A Comedy in Three Acts

The World of Light: A Comedy in Three Acts

The World of Light: A Comedy in Three Acts

The World of Light: A Comedy in Three Acts

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ACT I

SCENE I

The drawing-room in the Wenhams' house in the country.

(MR. WENHAM is sitting in front of the fire reading. MRS. WENHAM is writing letters. Silence for some seconds after the rise of the curtain.)

MRS. WENHAM (she is a woman of about thirty-five, handsome, large, commanding). John dear. (He looks up from his book.) What's the time?

MR. WENHAM (he is twenty-five years older than his wife, a well-preserved man, nice-looking in a grey suppressed way. His manner is very gentle). Twenty to seven, dear.

MRS. WENHAM. I shall have to go and say goodnight to the children in a moment.

MR. WENHAM. I'll come too. Whenever you give the word, my love.

MRS. WENHAM. As a matter of fact, John, I'd rather you didn't come up. I'd like you to say a few words to Hugo when he arrives. About Enid.

MR. WENHAM (nervously). But, my dear, wouldn't it be better if you . . . I mean, a woman's touch . . . in these delicate matters . . .

MRS. WENHAM. One would think you were afraid of him, John. Afraid of your own son. MR. WENHAM. No, no, my dear. It's not that.

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