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The Abbot Circle 1925 Antiques As the curtain slowly rose we saw before us Mrs. Lydia Sprowls and Amelie Boyden busily engaged in the difficult task of " tidyin ' up the parlor " after their mother ' s funeral. Funerals do so upset a house you know ! Amelie took advantage of this opportunity to inform her sister that she had decided to live in the village where she was the schoolteacher. In spite of tearful entreaties and reproachful remonstrances, she stood firm in her decision. During their cleaning they came across an old teapot which had served as the family bank for as long as they could remember. Suddenly Lydia had a brilliant inspiration. Claire Van Ness, a collector of antiques who was staying in the village, was expected to call for some fresh eggs. Perhaps she might give a lot of money for the teapot. Amelie said that she would never sell anything that recalled such tender remembrances of her mother to a person who would have no sentiment whatsoever for it, but Lydia insisted that the teapot was hers to do what she pleased with. A furious honking of an automobile horn was heard in the yard and their argument was interrupted. Soon Miss Van Ness entered. Lydia eagerly brought forth the teapot and almost quivering with excitement showed it to her. She examined it carefully and then replied that it was imitation, probably made in Connecticut a few years ago. Lydia was heart-broken, and left the room. While she was gone, Miss Van Ness notices a bit of old tapestry that Amelie is holding. Amelie tells her that it has been in the family for a long time. Miss Van Ness became very much excited and offered unbelievable sums, but Amelie would not part with it on account of the precious associations it had. Miss Van Ness said she must hurry, so Lydia went to get the eggs. Smiling patronizingly at Amelie, she. said she would give her sister five dollars for the old teapot because she had been so disappointed to find it worthless. Amelie went for some paper to wrap it up in. Miss Van Ness advanced to the front of the stage and holding the teapot before her, and gazing at it with a triumphant glint in her eyes, murmured, " ' Genuine Holland Delft. Two hundred years old! Mmm, it ' s a good bargain! " 65
Page 84 text:
The Abbot Circle 192 5 learns Kate ' s identity. The two runaways, Constance and Hastings, return and are forgiven. Last but not least Tony discovers that he has reached years of discretion and is his own master. Just before the final curtain, Kate steps for- ward to the footlights and with an arch smile says to the audience: " Thus having stooped to conquer with success, And gained a husband without aid of dress, Still as a barmaid I could wish it, too, As I have conquered him, to conquer — you! " We all agree unanimously that she has been successful. Sir Charles Marlow Young Marlow Squire Hardcastle George Hastings Tony Lumpkin Diggory . Roger Dick Thomas . Stingo, Landlord of Slang Mat Muggins . . Tom Twist Aminadab Mrs. Hardcastle Kate Hardcastle Constance Neville First Maid " Three Pigeons " Elizabeth Righter Margaret Hawkes Annie Dunn Estes Virginia Thompson Elizabeth Burtnett Phyllis Yates Mary Simpson Elizabeth Ward Hildegarde Mittendorff Helen Sagendorph Talita Jova Evelyn McDougall Sarah MacPherran Frances Howard Elaine Boutwell Doris von Culin Eleanor Bodwell Manon Wood 64
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The Abbot Circle 19 2 5 Cije turtle Bobe The awe-inspiring sound of the Chinese gong, echoing and re-echoing weirdly through the silence, announced the opening of the play. The chorus, consisting of a solitary member, introduced us to the characters — the gallant hero, Chang- Sut-Yen, the beautiful maiden, Kwen-Lin, and her proud father, the Mandarin. Of course Chang-Sut-Yen and the fair Kwen-Lin were in love with one another, and of course the Mandarin was opposed to their marriage. He wanted to give his daughter to wealthy Tayin of Canton in a marriage strictly for mercenary purposes and void of all romance. Had he but known that his servant Chang- Sut-Yen was no other than the son of Chang-Won-Yen the Great, what innu- merable troubles might have been averted! When Kwen-Lin learned of her father ' s plans for her future, she pretended to die. The unsuspecting Mandarin clapped his hands to summon the servant. Cleverly Chang-Sut-Yen suggested that his master go for help, and the two lovers, left alone, decided to run away. The Property Manager lent humor to this scene with her silent goings and comings. For a long time the lovers fied, with the angry Mandarin pursuing. Finally as they were crossing a bridge, Kwen-Lin, worn out, was whirled into the stream, and Chang-Sut-Yen was killed by the father. But here the God of Fate inter- vened. He was too good to die, and his heart was returned to him. And more wonderful still, Kwen-Lin was recalled from her watery grave back to the land of the living. The Mandarin was amazed at the will of Fate, and humbled at learning Chang-Sut-Yen ' s identity. As the curtain fell we caught a last glimpse of the joyfully reunited lovers and the father going forth to prepare the wedding feast. 66
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