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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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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 192 5 mertfeantsicf)eg Buell On Tuesday evening, March 3, the German Department presented an interesting program. The first number was a group of delightful German folk- songs sung by some of the girls in the German classes. Then came the German play entitled " An American Duel. " The story centers around a young girl, Helene von Stern, whose hand is being sought by two ardent suitors, Freiher von Roden and Alfeld. Helene, desiring to find out which one really loves her, plans with her maid Charlotte a way of trying them out. She invites them both to call the same afternoon and in various ways tests them. While Helene is out of the room von Roden and Alfeld have an American duel as they call it ; they draw lots to see who will support the other in his pursuit of Helene. Von Roden wins, and as he was also the more successful throughout the tests he feels that he has indeed won the favor of Helene. Helene, however, after a short conversation alone with Alfeld decides that it is he who really loves her. Margaret Creelman as Helene von Stern was most charming and Edda Renouf and June Hinman as the two lovers played their parts exceedingly well. Dorothy Beeley as Charlotte was very pretty and vivacious. The whole evening was novel and very entertaining for us all. We ' re certainly proud of our German Department. 68
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