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BRANT– dropping his voice to a reverent, hushed tone Yes, she had beautiful hair like your mother’s, that hung down to her knees, and big, deep, sad eyes that were blue as the Caribbean sea! The property is enclosed by a white picket fence and a tall hedge.

I was wondering when I was going to see you. They don’t want folks to guess their secrets.

SETH–How’s that fur singin’ fur an old feller? They both stare at him, Lavinia in surprise, Christine in uneasy wonder. I’ll tell you later, Vinnie. Listen and you’ll know. Christine appears outlined in the light from the hall. Father would use all his influence and get Brant blacklisted so he’d lose his command and never get another! You’ve tried to become the wife of your father and the mother of Orin! It’s you who have stolen all love from me since the time I was born!

He skulked and avoided people. You folks at home take death so solemnly.

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

You look more beautiful than ever–and strange to me. He grew ashamed of my mother–and me. I think you’ve done enough mischief. That’s why I felt it becomess duty to write you. Oh, I’d written to her now and then and sent her money when I happened to have any. Christine Mannon Leo Eelctra Though Raymond Massey’s greatest contribution was his wonderful movie presence.

He laughs again but less certainly this time, as he regards her grim, set expression. An old reprobate, that’s what you be! It was well received by the critics, Joan Hackett in particular being highly praised for her portrayal of Christine. If I didn’t know it was him I’d think it was David’s ghost comin’ home.

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You don’t want to be left an old maid, do you? French and Dutch descended, she is. I only meant if I went off with Adam. Seth comes forward from where he had withdrawn around the corner of the house. I’ve made a man of him. I could see you wanted me to go.

However, these plays are normally not produced individually, elevtra only as part of the larger trilogy. She reaches in the sleeve of her dress and takes out the slip of paper she had written on.

Don’t let anything worry you, Father. On the left are two windows. I want you to get it for me. It was her house we went to. I can think of more interesting subjects.

He starts for niell steps–then sees she has not noticed their presence, and stops and stands waiting, struck by something in her manner. He stares at her, fascinated and stirred. Hazel laughs and goes off down the drive, left front.

But unless I’m much mistaken, you were interested when I told you of the islands in the South Seas where I was shipwrecked my first voyage at sea. SETH– gazes at her with understanding Ayeh. Oresteia BC, Aeschylus Electra c. Purty she was, too! He looks at her still face and closed eyes, imploring her to reassure him–then blunders on doggedly Maybe you’ve always known you didn’t love me.

I was afraid–I imagined girls all liked him. They’re only waitin’ now fur the news to be made official. Calculatingly Lavinia insists that Orin certainly cannot let their mother’s paramour escape. She stands and listens defensively, as if the music held some meaning that threatened her.


The New Other List. I won’t believe it! I’m afraid I gabbed too much that night. Eugene O’Neill’s updated version of the Oresteia.

He walks up by the lilacs starting the next line “Oh, Shenandoah” –then suddenly sees Lavinia on the steps and stops abruptly, a bit sheepish.