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Interlude A One-Act Play Adapted from the Story by Henry Meade William By ROLAND E . B AIRD, ' 2 7 C HARACTERS : M AE : Th e y o,un g w ife of Max well Da hlg ren LORRE TURNER : Th e form e r lo v e r of Ma e SANDRA : A m a id TI M E : M i d -afternoon of a warm day in J u ly PLACE : The Dahlgren home in Santa Barbara, California SCENE :

It is m id-afternoon of .a wa. 1 m s wm m er clay at t h e b egin ning of July. The s u n , strea m fog in fro m t h e windo ws on e it h e r side of t he well­ stocked b oolwa e b uilt into t he wall at t h e right , t ints with an u n rea l g l o w the needle-point design on th e oosy chair pliaced a t best a dvan­ tage for t h e light fro m the fU?·ther win d o w a nd fo r rea dy a ccessibilit y t o t h e shel es. T he wann ligh t , strihng t h e daintily colorf u l design of t h e rugs on the polished fl o o r, seems t o belie. the coldness of the he.a 1th on t h e left, which , t h ough vart'ha lly o bscured b y a n ornate s creen, le nds its a t m osphere t o the coo!ing ease of t h e clivia n w hich rests in. the s hadow of a heav y o b l ong, highly polished t a ble s ta ndin g i n t h e cente r of t h e room a n d facing t h e fire-pl1ace (l t a n easy angle. A n ea.sy chair has been pbaced at the 'llpsta g e en d of t h e fire-place and faces the dimatn. Fro m half-opened French windows at the b ack of the ro o m.. , left, a fit­ f u l b reeze st irs t-he lea es of a book of com p ositions opened at random, on the 1;ack of t he baby g rand p ia n o sta ndin g in t he c o rner, ba ck-left. Back-right opens into a tapes t ry-h ung ha ll co?'lmecting wit h the o u t­ sid e , a,nd offering the on � y mi t rn.nce to .the roo m . Upon one end of a table a silk ha t with g lo v es a nd ca ne h as b een m etic ulously placed. The o t h m· e nd holds a t eleph o n e h idden in the q uain t for1n of a n old­ fia,shioned doll. T o t h e righ t of t h e French win d o ws is a. writitng desk of delica te work­ manship . *

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ACT I Sce ne 1 As t h e c u1'1·ain rises , M AE is s eated a,t t h e desk, h e r b a ck to t he roo m , evidently c o m posing a letter. This finish ed she rises, g oes t o the win­ d o ws ( back-left ) , a nd looks o u t dream ily on the terra ced shru bs with their quiet leaves dozing in the la.zy war m t h of the aftern oon sun .

SANDRA ( co m ing from the ha ll b e a riJn g a jewel-case ) : The j ewel-case, M'am. MAE ( turns from windo w , a nd .fiaces Sandrn,) : Oh, yes. You startled m e, i t is so qu iet. Place it on the table.

( The maid pLaces the casket upon t h e up-sta,ge encl of t h e table, a nd turns to le.ai e, ) MAE ( A di an.cing fo t a b le . She rests her h(J/Y/,ds upon t h e casket. ) : One

m i nute, please, Sandra. the car i n the m orning ?

You have everything ready to be placed i n

Two hil1ulired elev"n

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