Mannerhouse: A Play in a Proloque and Three Acts

Mannerhouse: A Play in a Proloque and Three Acts

Mannerhouse: A Play in a Proloque and Three Acts

Mannerhouse: A Play in a Proloque and Three Acts

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SCENE: Upon a hillside in the South two hundred years ago. A primitive landscape is in the process of conversion. Here, on top, where the hill is round, and before it slopes away to the East, a clearing has been made in the dense undergrowth of young pine, oak, chestnut, and laurel. It is early summer, but in that warm lush wooded place, the brown and fragrant needles of the pines yet carpet the earth.

In the foreground are the stumps of trees white and bleeding fresh. In the background, black barred against a red and smoky sun which is sloping swiftly into the west, is a forest of great pines.

Beside the pines, upon the very brink of the hill, before it drops, a house is rearing its white and comely sides. From within comes the sound of hammering, and the shearing of boards, and a low steady sustained and savage chant sung by deep barbaric voices.

To the left, a wide path has been cut straight down the flank of the hill through the dense growth: in that green place it bleeds like a wound.

From below there are cries and confused noises, and the sound of men crashing through the thickets.

Near the path, and slant-wise across the clearing, a . . .

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