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Night Must Fall

Night Must Fall

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Night Must Fall
The Project Gutenberg EBook of Night Must Fall, by Williams, EmlynCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributingthis or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this ProjectGutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit theheader without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about theeBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included isimportant information about your specific rights and restrictions in howthe file may be used. You can also find out about how to make adonation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.
**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts**
 **eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: Night Must FallAuthor: Williams, EmlynRelease Date: March, 2005 [EBook #7765] [Yes, we are more than oneyear ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on May 15, 2003]Edition: 10Language: English
 
Character set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK NIGHTMUST FALL ***Produced by Georgia Young, Tiffany Vergon, Charles Aldarondo,Charles Franks, and the Online Distributed Proofreaders TeamEMLYN WILLIAMSNIGHT MUST FALLA PLAY IN THREE ACTSALL RIGHTS RESERVEDTHE PERFORMING RIGHTS OF THIS PLAY ARE FULLYPROTECTED, AND PERMISSION TO PERFORM IT, WHETHERBY AMATEURS OR PROFESSIONALS, MUST BE GAINED INADVANCE FROM THE AUTHOR'S SOLE AGENT, WALTERPEACOCK, 60 HAYMARKET, LONDON, S.W. I.PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE VANREES PRESSEH
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M. W.THE CHARACTERS(_in the order of their appearance_)THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE MRS. BRAMSON OLIVIA GRAYNEHer niece HUBERT LAURIE NURSE LIBBY MRS. TERENCE Mrs.Bramson's cook DORA PARKOE Her maid INSPECTOR BELSIZEDANBEFORE THE PLAYThe Court of Criminal Appeal_The action of the play takes place in the sitting-room of Forest Corner,Mrs. Bramson's bungalow in Essex.
 
The time is the present_.ACT I: A morning in October.ACT II SCENE I: An afternoon twelve days later. SCENE II: Lateafternoon, two days later.ACT III SCENE I: Half an hour later. Nightfall. SCENE II: Half anhour later.BEFORE THE PLAY_The orchestra plays light tunes until the house lights are turned down;the curtain rises in darkness, accompanied by solemn music. A smalllight grows in the middle of the stage, and shows the_ LORD CHIEFJUSTICE _sitting in judgment, wearing wig and red robes of office, inthe Court of Criminal Appeal. His voice, cold and disapproving,gradually swells up with the light as he reaches his peroration_.LORD CHIEF JUSTICE: ... and there is no need to recapitulate herethe arguments for and against this point of law, which we heard in thelong and extremely fair summing up at the trial of the appellant at theCentral Criminal Court. The case was clearly put to the jury; and it isagainst sentence of death for these two murders that the prisoner nowappeals. Which means that the last stage of this important andextremely horrible case has now been reached. On a later page in thesumming up, the learned judge said this ... (_turning over papers_) ..."This case has, through the demeanour of the prisoner in thewitness-box, obtained the most widespread and scandalous publicity,which I would beg you most earnestly, members of the jury, to forget."I cannot help thinking that the deplorable atmosphere of sentimentalmelodrama which has pervaded this trial has made the
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a morefitting background for it than a court of law; but we are in a court of law, nevertheless, and the facts have been placed before the court. Aremarkable and in my opinion praiseworthy feature of the case has beenthat the sanity of the prisoner has never been called into question; and,like the learned judge, the Court must dismiss as mischievous pretencethe attitude of this young man who stands convicted of two brutal

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