Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant Arms and the Man | Candida | The Man of Destiny | You Never Can Tell - Vol. 2

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ARMS AND THE MAN

ACT I

Night. A lady's bedchamber in Bulgaria, in a small town near the Dragoman Pass. It is late in November in the year 1885, and through an open window with a little balcony on the left can be seen a peak of the Balkans, wonderfully white and beautiful in the starlit snow. The interior of the room is not like anything to be seen in the east of Europe. It is half rich Bulgarian, half cheap Viennese. The counterpane and hangings of the bed, the window curtains, the little carpet, and all the ornamental textile fabrics in the room are oriental and gorgeous: the paper on the walls is occidental and paltry. Above the head of the bed, which stands against a little wall cutting off the right hand corner of the room diagonally, is a painted wooden shrine, blue and gold, with an ivory image of Christ, and a light hanging before it in a pierced metal ball suspended by three chains. On the left, further forward, is an ottoman. The wash- stand, against the wall on the left, consists of an enamelled iron basin with a pail beneath it in a painted metal frame, and a single towel on the rail at the side. A chair near it is Austrian bent wood, with cane seat. The dressing table, between the bed and the window, is an ordinary pine table, covered with a cloth of many colors, but with an expensive toilet mirror on it. The door is on the right; and there is a chest of drawers be-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface v
  • Introduction xxi
  • Arms and the Man 1
  • Act I 3
  • Act II 24
  • Act III 49
  • Candida 81
  • Act II 114
  • The Man of Destiny 161
  • You Never Can Tell 217
  • Act II 250
  • Act III 291
  • Act IV 314
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