The Wingless Victory: A Play in Three Acts

The Wingless Victory: A Play in Three Acts

The Wingless Victory: A Play in Three Acts

The Wingless Victory: A Play in Three Acts

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ACT ONE

SCENE: The living room of a house in Salem, early in the winter of 1800. The place is well, if somewhat sternly furnished, giving evidence of wealth and an eye for design. Over the fireplace a magnificent ship model takes the center of the stage, flanked by two rather restrained religious pictures. There are doors to right and left and a window which looks out over the harbor. The right- hand door leads to the kitchen, the left-hand door to a front hall and stairway. It is evening and the room is just now the scene of an ecclesiastical session. The REVEREND PHINEAS MCQUESTONstands near the fireplace speaking to a GIRL with a BABE in her arms and a shawl over her head who stands near the door. JARED MUNGO and WINSTON URQUHART, elders of the church, are seated facing the GIRL. MRS. MCQUESTON, mother of the minister and lady of the house, sits near the fire, her knitting laid in her lap as she listens.

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