Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - Vox Anni Yearbook (North Adams, MA)

 - Class of 1927

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THE NORMAL GUE 1 Ghz QEIm Tree The elm tree's the giant's umbrella. Its ribs are solid wood Its handle is the great big trunk Its leaves the sheltering hood. Sometimes when a shower is over I walk out and I see Scattered here and there through the woods A great uprooted tree. "Just look what the storm has done!" Some people sorrowfully cry. But I know the fault's not the storm at all. But some giant who tried to keep dry. - H esier Lee Q Jfrenzb Qlhtistmas Characters : lllother Father hIathilde Louis I Jean 1 Uncle IVilliam Scene: Living room of a peasant home in rural France. CThe two older children are busy making the creche, while little Jean watches eagerly. They hum or sing carols as they work. Louis steps back to observe workj Louis: "There! The creche is almost done. Doesn't it look lovely?" Mailzildez "But, Louis, we have forgotten the star over the manger. IVhere is it?" Jean: "I know where it it! I'll get it." CHe finds star and hands it to children, who complete making the creche. Enter Motherj Louis: "Oh, Mother, look! Our creche is completed." .llafhildec "See, there is the manger. The hIother lNIary, and the infant, and-" Jean: "And here are the Three Ivise lNIen, and there is the box." lllotlzerz "That is very well done, children. Come, we must hurry with our other work. There is much to be done yet." "Louis, go quickly and hang these sheaves of wheat to the eaves of the housef, Louis: "Yes, lllother, we must not forget the birds' Christmas dinner." Jfother: "Then, meet your father and help him to bring in the yule logf, Cexit Louisj "And llathilde. bring up the apples and the wine from the cellar." fexit llathildej Jean: "Did Father cut the log last night, lIother?" Jlotherz "Yes, it was exactly midnight when they felled the large oak tree that was in the next field. Jean: "Willy do they wait for midnight?" Jfofher: "If one uses for a yule log an oak tree that has been cut down at midnight, one will have great benevolent powers, and the ashes of such a log are a protection against bad luck for the rest of the year." children 88

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THE NORMALOGUE Mame: That's all right but no man ever invented these words-they came straight from a master-so you may as well make a better attempt at the imitation. Sally: Poor girl! Qlaughsj she's not responsible: she's just at that stage. Jean: Cstruts and singsj Cock-a-doodle-doo-oo-oo! llflabel: Well, let me hear one of you say the whole stanza. Give me a chance to laugh. Sally: Sure we will! Go ahead Jean, you were nearest the tune of the rooster that time. Make sure you strut when you come to the last part. Jean: All right-Crecites 2nd stanza.J Mabel: The next stanza is easy so I'll say that all right. Crecites 3rd stanzaj Sally: Yes, you did say it yourself-now, let's hear how the little boy would have said it. Put your head on one side when you ask that question, also, you have to change your position when you start to crow. CSally says the poeml There, you are! Mame: A rooster is proud, you should make a good one, Mabel. Mabel: No insinuations wanted-corrections only accepted. Jean: Mabel, try that last stanza. fMabel tries the stanzal All: Pretty Good! Sally: What's the next one? Mabel: CReads next stanza! Jean: There's a lot of good in that one-you have to change your attitude. Sally: You're going to get back at that rooster now. Mame: Yes, look a hole thru him. Mabel: Jean, how would you say it? Jean: CReads next stanzaj Sally: That's great! You can wink. Mame: She has a wicked eye. What's the next one? Mabel: treads itj Jean: There, you're disgusted with that bird. Mame: Yes, slam that window down. Sally: Make your arms, flap. CSally flaps her armsj Mabel: Now, listen-reads lastl Sally: Let's all say it. QAII girls say the poem with much expression and many gesturesj -Helen Ill. Crowley 87



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THE NORMALOGUE Jean: "0hl Is that why father stored away under his bed some ashes of last ycar's log?" lllotherz "Yes. It brings good fortune and prevents illness." CEnter Mathilde with bottle of wine and basket of apples which she arranges on the table. Singing is heard in the distance. Children run to the door.j Mathilde: "Here come father and Louis with the log!" QChildren dance about as log is brought in and placed at fireplacej Father: "Well, Mother, is the Christmas dinner ready?" lllother: "Not quite. I haven't sent anything to the Martins yet. IVe must never forget the poor at Christmas time. Jean, will you take this basket of cakes to them?" Cllands it to Jeanj. Jean: "Mother, why did you make these cakes crescent-shaped?" Mother: Cshaking her headj: "Always asking questions of thy busy mother. Ask thy father to explain." Father: "Well, my boy, these cakes are made crescent-shaped to represent the horns of the ox that witnessed the nativityf' Jean: "Oh, I see. We made an ox for our creche also." CFather admires creche. Jean exits with basket.J Father: "Hurry back, Jean." Louis: "Look, Father, how well the grain seeds have come up." QPoints to dish of growing grain on table.D Father' "Ah, yes." Cdelightedj. It is a sure sign that our next year's crop will be abun- dant. The good Saint Barbar, in whose honor we planted it, is very kind to us." Matllilde: "And the grain was planted such a short time ago. Let's see, Saint Barbar's Day was December 4th. - CEnter Jeanl Jean: "The Martins were so pleased with the cakes. They wish us Noel." Mother: "My happiness would be complete if my brother YVilliam were with us. But I suppose he does not wish to leave Paris at Christmas time." Jean Cwho has been playing with the catjz "lVIinette has eaten all her cream and bread. May I give her some more, Mother?" Mathilde: "I think that cat will burst if it eats another crumb." Father: "Forget not, daughter, that animals must be well fed at Christmas." Mother: "Yes We do not want Minette to mew and bring us bad luck. Here!" CGives some bread and cream to cat. There is a knock at the door. hlathilde opens it. Enter Uncle William with suitcases. There is a general hubbub and many cries of "Noel!" as all rush forward to greet himj A Mother: "William! I was just wishing that you were here!" Uncle: "Well, so I am, dear sister, and I hope I'm not late." Father: "We are always glad to have you, Yvilliam, but I am surprised that you left Paris to spend your Christmas in our humble and quiet village." Uncle: "Ah, that is just why I came here. Do you know that Christmas is hardly observed in Paris or in any cities in France? The churches, of course, observe it. The city is filled with Christmas shoppers and the shops are Filled with lovely wares. But truly, Christmas in the city is the least recognized of all holidays in the homes. "So, to enjoy a really merry Christmas, I have returned to my native village where I know you still keep the customs that our great grandfathers kept." 89

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