Seven Plays- Translated and introduced by Joe Martin- with a Foreword by Björn Meidal
Appendix: Toten-Insel 353
APPENDIX TOTEN-INSEL: Hades (A Fragment) Background: Boecklin's painting, The Isle of the Dead. The stage is empty. First whispering is audible, then soft voices, talking. The GUARDIAN, on the upper terrace of the hill, comes forward and blows on a lur. The 1EACHER, a man completely clad in white with a Zeus-like head but white hair and beard, emerges from the grove of cypresses, going down to the dock. A black boat with an oarsman clad in black comes in from the left, bearing a white coffin, beside which stands a figure in white. 1EACHER Who? FIGURE Read this! * 1EACHER (takes the plate from the coffin and reads.) I know him! - A poor human being who was tormented to death by life .... No, don't frighten him ... The coffin is pushed onto land. Sixty-two years of toil, duties, sorrows ... no flowers, no wreaths ... FIGURE Your orders! 1EACHER First the salutation! INVISIBLE CHOIR "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." * 1EACHER (to the DEAD MAN.) Awake! DEAD MAN (sits up.) What time is it, Anna?- I thought I heard ringing ... Oh, I am so sleepy, so tired ... if only I could sleep an hour more, just one hour ... lessons at six thirty, yes, but I have fifty essay books to correct first, seventh form essays ... What is it? Bills: the butcher, the...
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