Seven Plays- Translated and introduced by Joe Martin- with a Foreword by Björn Meidal
PARIAH A Play in One Act Freely, after a short story by Ola Hansson (1889) CHARACTERS MR X, archeologist } Middle-aged men MR Y, traveler from America THE SCENE A simple room in the country: door and window at back, looking out into the countryside. In the middle of the floor, a large dining table with archeological relics, writing materials on one side: a microscope, a case holding an insect collection and glass bottles with preserving fluids. To the left a bookshelf. Otherwise, the furnishings of a well-to-do farmer. MR Y enters with a butterfly net and a botanical tin, dressed in his shirtsleeves; goes straight to the bookshelf and takes down a book, situating himself to read. The bells from mass ring out in the country church. The landscape and room are starkly lit by the sun. The cackling of hens can be heard outside now and again. MR X enters in his shirtsleeves. MR Y pulls himself together abruptly, places the book back upside down; gives the appearance that he is looking for another book on the shelf MR x What oppressive heat! I think we're clearly going to have thunder. MR Y We-lll! What makes you think so? MR x The chiming of the bells is so dry, the flies are biting and the hens are cackling. I intended to go out fishing, but I couldn't find a worm. Don't you feel nervous? MR Y (reflecting.) Me? - Go on! MR X You always look like you were...
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