A Blog for the Brown University Production of
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
1890 (translated from the French by Laurence AlmaTadema as
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