High Tor, a Play in Three Acts

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ACT ONE

SCENE III

SCENE: Another section of the Tor, in darkness save for the airplane beacon. A large steam shovel reaches in from an adjacent excavation and hangs over the rock, the control cables dangling. VAN is alone on the stage looking at the machinery. He reaches up, catches a cable, and swings the shovel a little. BIGGS and SKIMMERHORN enter from the right.

Biggs. Hey, what are you doing with that shovel?

Van. Did you know you're trespassing? Also when a man owns land he owns the air above it and the rock below. That means this damn shovel of yours is also trespassing.

Biggs. Oh, it's Van Dorn. We'll have that moved tomorrow, Mr. Van Dom. Somebody's made a miscue and left it hanging over the line.

Skimmerhorn. By the way, that trail's gone out completely, Mr. Van Dorn; there's a fifty foot sheer drop there now, where it was. Now we've got to get off, if you can think of any way to manage it.

Van. I'm not worrying about it. Spend the night. No charge.

Skimmerhorn. The truth is I have to be in court early tomorrow, and a man needs his sleep.

Van. Afraid you'd doze off on the bench and somebody else might take a trick? Oh, you'd wake up before they got far with anything. The Skimmerhorns are automatic that way.

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  • Title Page i
  • Act One 1
  • Scene I 3
  • Act One 27
  • Scene III 36
  • Act Two 71
  • Scene I 73
  • Scene II 99
  • Act Three 115
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