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'Tis holy ground: an altar I will raise!
I feel a strange unfolding as from sleep.
Man. I love.
Conscious a bit, they might have further tang;
them—they— Woman. Alas, that I am royal! Man. [Harshly.] Stay!
[Capulchard makes a gesture that separates them.]
Woman. [With a gesture of great tenderness, gliding back repulses the Man.]
[The Man looks at Capulchard.]
Capulchard. Turn not aside to ask the obvious. Are you not Outlaw?
Man. [Trying to explain..] Ay, the gods—the gods—
[Capulchard does not answer, but places the Girl at the edge of the decoration, right. With a gesture he causes the
Man, in conventionalized movement, to creep back into the
Capulchard. I’ll hedge her with a storm'
Girl. An owl-cry!
Girl. Save me!
Capulchard. Seek Shelter.
[He places a cloud-pattern across the moon.]
Veil of the moonlight. Quick: ere the flashing streak, White fire, shall, speed ignition to the clouds and form A fusion with their black genetic strength !
[He abruptly unrolls a sharp white streak of lightning against the sky. With éclat.]
[The Girl, with highly elaborated gestures expressing fear,
[At each imagined sound of thunder, she trembles.]
As in a fortress. Let the storm be past.
[Capulchard lifts the Crone, placing her at the left edge of the decoration.] I’ll honor you with their attention.
[As she hesitates through weariness.] Forth.
Crone. I heard two voices, one of them a maid, If she be young enough. Where are you, dear?
[Silence. She wanders toward the right, the Girl cross-
[Exit the Crone, right. She falls inert.]
Girl. [Designed as if frightened, but a little curious.] What would she teach 2
Capulchard. White cheeks to flame and burn Till all their fire is dead.
Girl. [Repeating.] To flame and burn. .
[Capulchard shrugs his shoulders; then, striding left, he takes a handful of water-drops from the brook and flings them into the sky beside the moon. They become seven conventionalized white stars..]
Capulchard. A curtain cannot be: the play goes on ; Scene follows scene, must follow without pause.