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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
Page 87 text:
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
Page 89 text:
The Abbot Circle 192 5 Hacfjrpmoge Hament No war-horse, smelling slaughter in the air Can race with greater swiftness to the fray, Nor in his round of countless duties, cram More work than we, into the fleeting day. No storied urn, or animated bust Have e ' er beheld more needful labor done Than have these walls of Abbot, here about, When we poor students fall, rise up, and run. Half open eyes and drooping mouths admit Fatigue, that has no equal in this sphere, And stammered words or muddled brain point out The pace we ' re running is indeed severe. We must admit we ' re lazy — some of us, And sometimes fevered, often temperamental. We strive to learn, we seek for truth, but lo! Our studying is often incidental. We ' re absent-minded, logy, nervous wrecks, We groan, and gasp and gurgle, " Give us rest! " And pray for twenty hours ' solid sleep, — Of gifts divine the loveliest and best. Repose and rest for heavy laden souls Bowed down with duty, sorrow, toil and care. Oh blessed pillow, and oh, bed sublime Receive us in thine arms and keep us there. M. G. B. 69
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