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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ... MATERNITY New Version Translated by JOHN POLLOCK A second version of Maternity was lately undertaken by M. Brieux. It differs in so many respects from the original one performed in England by the Stage Society, that it has been decided to include both versions in this volume. That which follows is the later one, and is presented by its author as the final form of the play ACT I Brignac's drawing-room. An octagonal room, five sides of which are visible. Right, the door of Brignac's study, and beyond it the mantelpiece, in front of which are arm-chairs and a marquetry table with seats round it. At the back the door of the bedroom, which, being opened, shows the bed. Left, the door into the hall, then that of Annette's room, and beyond, a large window with a piano and music-stool in front of it. In the corners, at the back, on both sides, flowers in stands. The room is pretty and comfortable, without being luxurious. At the rise of the curtain the stage is empty. The door, left, opens, and Josephine, the maid, shows in Madeleine, a woman of twenty-eight. Josephine. Madame Brignac must be there. I 'l1 tell her. She goes across to the door at the back and disappears. After a moment Lucie enters. She is twentyfive years old, and her simple, but becoming, dress contrasts with her elder sister's exquisite and fashionable appearance. Lucie going gaily to Madeleine and kissing her My dear, how are you? Madeleine. Lucie, sweet! Lucie. How ravishing you look! Madeleine. One must, to please one's husband. Tell me--but first, how are the children? Lucie. About as usual. Madeleine. I 've a piece of good news. You know Dr. Hourtin? Lucie. No, no; I don't think so. Madeleine. Yes; you do. The famous Hourtin, you know. The man they call Providence for nervous diseases. Luci...

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