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The Mortal Gods and Other Plays by Dargan

BOOKS BY OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN

PUBLISHED BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

THE MORTAL GODS and Other Plays. 12mo, _net._ $1.50 LORDS AND LOVERS and Other Dramas. 12mo, _net._ 1.50 SEMIRAMIS and Other Plays. 12mo, _net._ 1.00

THE MORTAL GODS AND OTHER PLAYS

THE MORTAL GODS AND OTHER PLAYS

BY OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SON'S 1912

_Copyright, 1912, by Charles Scribner's Sons_ _All rights reserved_

_Published November, 1912_

CONTENTS

THE MORTAL GODS 1 A SON OF HERMES 107 KIDMIR 221

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THE MORTAL GODS

A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS

_CHARACTERS OF THE PLAY_

HUDIBRAND, _King of Assaria_ HERNDA, _his daughter_ CHARTRIEN, _a Prince of Assaria_ BORDUC, _Prime Minister_ COUNT DORKINSKI, _Court Chamberlain_

CORDIAZ, _King of Goldusan_ MEGARIO, _Governor of Peonia, a province of Goldusan_ REJAN LEVAL, _a revolutionist_ SENORA ZIRALAY, _his sister_ ZIRALAY } RUBIREZ } GOLIFET } _nobles of Goldusan_ MAZARAN } GUILDAMOUR }

MASIO } GARZA } GONZALO } YSOBEL } _of Megario's hacienda_ GRIJA } COQURIEZ } IPARRO }

_Guests, officers, musicians, peons, &c._

Time: _Begins February, 1911_ Place: _Assaria; Goldusan_

ACT I

SCENE: _A vast room in the palace of Hudibrand. As the curtain rises the place is in darkness save for a circlet of gold apparently suspended in mid-air near the centre of the room. As the light increases, the outline of a man's figure becomes distinguishable, and the circlet is seen to be resting on his head. Gradually the rim of gold fades to invisibility, while the figure of the man and the contents of the room become clear to the eye. The man might be mistaken for an American citizen in customary evening dress. He is Hudibrand._

_At the left are two entrances, upper and lower. Rear, left, large windows. The wall rear makes a right angle about centre, the apex of which is cut off by a window. Right of centre the room seems to extend endlessly rearward, and is arranged to suggest an upland grove in the delicate, venturing days of spring. The ground, rising a little toward right, is covered with winter moss and tufts of short silvered grass. The trees are young birch, slight maples in coral leaf, cornel in flower, and an occasional dark foil of cedar. A brooklet ripples down the slope and off rear. Birds chirp and flit, and now and then a breeze stirs the grove as if it were one tender body. The lights are arranged to give the effect of night or day as one wishes._


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