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The Blind

The Blind

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A Blog for the Brown University Production of 
The Blind 
 by Maurice Maeterlinck including the full script of the Brown adaptation as well as the original for comparison.
Monday, February 5, 2007
Maeterlinck's Script, translated from the French by Laurence AlmaTadema
Maurice Maeterlinck’s
The Blind,
1890 (translated from the French by Laurence AlmaTadema as
The Sightless
in 1895)Persons.THE PRIEST.THREE THAT WERE BORN BLIND.THE OLDEST BLIND MAN.THE FIFTH BLIND MAN.THE SIXTH BLIND MAN.THREE OLD BLIND WOMEN PRAYING.THE OLDEST BLIND WOMAN.A YOUNG BLIND WOMAN.A MAD BLIND WOMAN.THE SIGHTLESS
 A very ancient northern forest, eternal of aspect, beneath a sky profoundly starred. – Inthe midst, and towards the depths of night, a very old priest is seated wrapped in a wideblack cloak. His head and the upper part of his body, slightly thrown back and mortally still, are leaning against the bole of an oak tree, huge and cavernous. His face is fearfully pale and of an inalterable waxen lividity; his violet lips are parted. His eyes,dumb and fixed, no longer gaze at the visible side of eternity, and seem bleeding beneatha multitude of immemorial sorrows and of tears. His hair, of a most solemn white, falls in stiff and scanty locks upon a face more illumined and more weary than all else that  surrounds it in the intent silence of the gloomy forest. His hands, extremely lean, arerigidly clasped on his lap. – To the right, six old blind men are seated upon stones, the stumps of trees, and dead leaves. – To the left, separated from them by an uprooted treeand fragments of rock, six women, blind also, are seated facing the old men. Three of them are praying and wailing in hollow voice and without pause. Another is extremelyold. The fifth, in an attitude of mute insanity, holds on her knees a little child asleep. The sixth is strangely young, and her hair inundates her whole being. The women, as well as
 
the old men, are clothed in ample garments, somber and uniform. Most of them sit waiting with their elbows on their knees and their faces between their hands; and all  seem to have lost the habit of useless gesture, and no longer turn their heads at the stifled and restless noises of the island. Great funereal trees, yews, weeping willows, cypresses,enwrap them in their faithful shadows. Not far from the priest, a cluster of long and  sickly daffodils blossoms in the night. It is extraordinarily dark in spite of the moonlight that here and there strives to dispel for a while the gloom of the foliage.
 FIRST BLIND MAN.Is he not coming yet?SECOND BLIND MAN.You have waked me!FIRST BLIND MAN.I was asleep too.THIRD BLIND MAN.I was asleep too.FIRST BLIND MAN.Is he not coming yet?SECOND BLIND MAN.I hear nothing coming.THIRD BLIND MAN.It must be about time to go back to the asylum.FIRST BLIND MAN.We want to know where we are!SECOND BLIND MAN.It has grown cold since he left.FIRST BLIND MAN.We want to know where we are!THE OLDEST BLIND MAN.Does any one know where we are?THE OLDEST BLIND WOMAN.We were walking a very long time; we must be very far from the asylum.FIRST BLIND MAN.
 
Ah! the women are opposite us?THE OLDEST BLIND WOMAN.We are sitting opposite you.FIRST BLIND MAN.Wait, I will come next to you. [He rises and gropes about.] Where are you? Speak! that Imay hear where you are!THE OLDEST BLIND WOMAN.Here; we are sitting on stones.FIRST BLIND MAN.[He steps forward, stumbling against the fallen tree and the rocks.]There is something between us . . .SECOND BLIND MAN.It is better to stay where one is!THIRD BLIND MAN.Where are you sitting? Do you want to come over to us?THE OLDEST BLIND WOMAN.We dare not stand up!THIRD BLIND MAN.Why did he separate us?FIRST BLIND MAN.I hear praying on the women’s side.SECOND BLIND MAN.Yes; the three old women are praying.FIRST BLIND MAN.This is not the time to pray!SECOND BLIND MAN.You can pray by-and-by in the dormitory![The three old women continue their prayers.]THIRD BLIND MAN.I should like to know next to whom I am sitting?SECOND BLIND MAN.

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