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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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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
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The Abbot Circle 19 2 5 Cfje Member ftat A walk through a park bordered with swaying palm trees. Such was the setting. Harlequin and Pierrot sauntered in engaged with discussing Columbine. We were very much surprised to learn that even though all the poets have depicted Pierrot as being desperately in love with Columbine, he actually disliked her. Harlequin is the one who really adores her. They strolled off, and Punchinello, the old pedlar, came along crying out his wares. Columbine and her maid, Margot, happened to be walking in the park too. Columbine always hoped that she might see her beloved Harlequin. Suddenly they became aware of Punchin- ello, raving about his charms to attract love, and immediately the girl is interested. She tried on the magic slipper which had the power of making everyone love its wearer, and when Punchinello, having succumbed to the charm, began making love to her, she fled frightened, taking the slipper with her. While Punchinello was bewailing the loss of his slipper, Harlequin passed by and became interested in the wonder hat which made its wearer invisible. He put it on his head and of course became invisible to the pedlar. After crying loudly for his hat, poor Punchinello went off in search of his slipper. Margot and Columbine appeared again, and unaware of Harlequin ' s presence, they discussed the slipper. Suddenly Pierrot came and fell in love with her. The two girls amused themselves by tossing the slipper back and forth and watching Pierrot adore first one and then the other. Finally Harlequin couldn ' t stand this any longer, but lo and behold when he tried to pull off his hat it stuck. He cried out his plight to the astonished listeners. Just then Punchinello came and demanded his hat and slipper. There ensued an argument between the golden-haired Colom- bine and proud Harlequin over who should give up his gift first. Finally they settled it by taking them off at the same time, and the play ended happily. 67
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