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[Madhav's House]
PHYSICIAN ROYAL • HERALD KING'S • bully a HEADMAN, VILLAGE • GAFFER • WATCHMAN • DAIRYMAN • DOCTOR THE • girl flower little a SUDHA, • child adopted his AMAL, • MADHAV • [ [

[

Physician.
I ACT OFFICE POST THE

Physician.

Translated from Bengali to English by Devabrata Mukherjee

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914 Copyright 1914, by Mitchell Kennerley; Copyright, 1914 by The Macmillan Company

PhysicianTaking snuff Madhav.
he-think you do Doctor, leaves. he when me to home no be will home my and self, dear his with filled is heart my where, from knows goodness come, has he that now But free. so felt I mattered; nothing came, he Before in! am I state a What seems-it say, scriptures medical the what But long. live will he then fate, his in life there's If

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

PERSONÆ

DRAMATIS

Tagore

Rabindranath

By

Office

Post

The

how.

me

tell

but

true;

That's

do.

can

I

what

me

tell

anxious;

more

me

make

only

you

me;

at

scriptures

your

fling

don't

along,

get

Oh,

what?

heavens,

Great

alike."

all

spring

gout

or

cold

palsey,

or

"Bile

it:

have

scriptures

The

care.

scrupulous

most

the

needs

patient

The

]

]

]

2

I

ACT

[Gaffer enters]
eyes--" leaden or jaundice In fret, nervous in or swoon wheezing, "In 1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Madhav

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

[

yours.

of

child

this

with

friends

make

to

in

coming

am

I

over

is

work

day's

my

When

indoors.

them

keeping

of

game

the

of

too,

something,

know

I

friend,

But,

eh!

sun,

and

wind

autumn

as

bad

as

already

I'm

So

soul!

my

bless

God

more.

the

all

me

needs

he

so

and

thing:

Poor

up?

him

pick

you

did

where

and

well,

Ah,

all.

at

go

does

it

lucky

jolly

feels

and

him

for

all

goes

money

your

and

trouble!

the

that's

So

idea.

the

like

didn't

you

story;

old

an

that's

but

Yes,

so?

how

Indeed,

then?

worry

why

house;

the

in

child

no

you've

and

child,

a

aren't

you

But

you.

bite

won't

I

why,

Why,

[

now.

trotting

be

must

I

well!

Ah,

truest."

the

are

ones

palatable

least

the

advices,

good

in

as

medicine

"In

observes:

Chyabana

sage

the

why

That's

effect.

Madhav.
me. to joy a becomes earning boy, dear this for all is it know I as and money make I Now, money. for working help couldn't simply I me; with passion of sort a was earning Formerly, way-of sort queer a such in heart my to clings boy this But idea. the hated I trouble--Oh, much so with earned money this all waste and in sail would child else's somebody That been. has in money getting this all hard how brother, know, You child? a adopt to dying was wife my how remember You house. the into child a brought have I but Oh, heads. their off children send to devil a are you but No, now. Gaffer there's jiggered, I'm Well,

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

long.

day

all

indoors

him

keep

to

hard

very

is

it

child,

Poor

Physician.

Physician.

Physician.

Physician.Exit

Gaffer.Exit

doors!

of

out

children

get

to

too,

age,

your

at

yours

of

game

this

with

What

terror!

a

such

are

you

But

sun.

and

wind

autumn

this

of

out

him

keep

to

is

that

and

him

save

to

way

one

only

is

There

life.

his

for

hope

much

isn't

there

and

other,

each

with

loggerheads

at

are

body

little

his

of

organs

the

all

says

doctor

The

well.

as

father

his

lost

he

day

other

the

now

and

infancy;

since

mother

no

had

has

He

ties.

village

by

wife

my

to

brother

a

was

who

man

a

of

son

the

is

He

medicine.

your

takes

he

as

wince,

him

see

to

heart

my

tears

It

sickness.

and

pain

his

all

with

too

quiet

so

is

he

and

boy;

poor

the

for

hard

very

very,

is

system

Your

then?

done

be

to

What's

point?

the

to

straight

come

and

alone

them

let

you

don't

Why

now?

me

for

do

that"

in

and

this

"in

your

will

What

method?

other

no

there

Is

up.

thing

poor

the

shut

must

we

then

Eh,

please.

scriptures,

the

mind

Never

]

sun--"

the

in

and

wind

the

"In

for,

all:

at

None

it:

have

scriptures

the

fellow--for

little

the

for

bad

very

both

are

damp

the

and

sun

autumn

The

do?

you

can

else

What

doors.

of

out

let

be

he

must

account

no

on

mentioned,

already

have

I

]

3

I

ACT

[Amal enters]

[

AmalWith a sigh

Madhav. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal.
is. there that everything see and about go rather would I No, won't. I learned, be to want don't feet--I dear your by you of beg I Uncle; no, No, really? they Aren't everything? him tell book-learning his Does know? doctor the can How learned. been have could I if saving my been have would it dear; Dear, wonder." a "he's say, and you notice will people and books, big such read and home at stay will you then and up; grow you when learned be to going are you man, little my Now, else. nothing for eyes they've and books, their at moil and toil they late and Early they? can how No, doors. of out never are they you; like all are people learned very very, it; of think Now, know! you don't course, Of books! huge such reads he and know can't doctor The say! to thing a What books. read don't I stupid! so am I Ah, ]

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

am.

I

as

crazy

as

quite

someone

met

I

yesterday

know,

you

Do

people--

learned

the

suppose

I

But

signal.

the

see

can

windows

their

by

alone

sit

and

far

live

who

those

And

beckons.

and

sky

the

into

hands

its

raises

it

speak

can't

earth

the

because

me

to

seems

It

over?

crossing

your

prevent

to

meant

is

it

think

you

do

Uncle,

away.

right

and

hills

those

beyond

go

to

long

often

window--I

our

from

hill

far-away

that

See

about?

go

me

let

you

won't

why

Uncle,

lovely.

be

would

squirrel!--it

a

were

I

Wish

there?

up

run

I

Can't

them.

crunching

and

lentils

of

grains

broken

the

up

picking

he's

hands

wee

his

with

and

up

tail

his

with

sitting

is

squirrel

the

quirn,

the

in

lentils

grinds

Auntie

where

there

See,

all?

at

courtyard

the

of

out

be

I

Mayn't

Uncle!

say,

I

Uncle,

you.

like

crazy

not

are

They

nonsense.

of

sort

that

for

time

have

don't

they

No,

eh!

it,

of

affair

big

a

such

make

to

stones

large

many

so

up

heaping

in

use

the

was

what

Else,

it.

beyond

get

can't

you

means

it

barrier,

a

as

upright

there

stands

hill

that

since

listen,

Now

boy.

my

sense,

talk

don't

You

Eh!

away!

and

hill

that

of

top

the

to

up

get

just

but

done

be

to

more

nothing

there's

if

As

silly!

you

Oh,

see?

to

much

so

there

is

what

see,

you

will

What

See!

that!

to

Listen

out.

be

to

you

for

bad

it's

says

Doctor

no.

darling,

my

No,

no.

dear,

my

No,

Amal?

you,

that

Is

Hullo!

4

I

ACT

[Exit Madhav] Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Amal.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Amal.
here. in stay to me want all They away. me takes ever one no But splendid! been have would That strangers! to talk to love I But on. later you tell I'll but now; just anything of think can't I Uncle? you, will learned, be to me want won't you then But far. very far, work seeking on and on tramp will I and day the of heat the in shut doors their with asleep be will Everybody water. through wading streams, many so crossing on, walk will I Oh, again. well I'm moment the away right go shall I then but Really, you? kidnapped had they Suppose again. strangers to talk and out call to aren't you you, mind But well. Very then? be rather you would What then-first; well getting be better had you think I see! I go? you will where And

Curdseller.

say,

I

Curdseller,

roadside.

the

by

room

this

in

be

me

let

you'll

Uncle,

But,

won't.

I

No,

well?

get

I

shall

when

Uncle,

Please,

there."

over

you

take

I'll

then

and

well

"Get

said,

Auntie

him.

like

just

gram-flour

my

eat

and

stream,

the

to

up

go

me

let

to

Auntie

asked

I've

stream.

the

crossed

and

knees

his

above

cloth

his

up

tucked

again;

it

shouldered

and

bundle

his

up

tied

he

Then

eat.

to

began

and

water

with

it

moistened

gram-flour,

some

bundle

his

from

out

took

he

Then

stream.

the

in

feet

his

washed

and

stopped

he

tree,

fig

the

under

flows

water

the

where

to

got

he

when

And

shoes.

out

worn

of

pair

his

with

on

walking

slowly

man

that

watched

I

farther!

go

should

I

Then

jolly?

be

that

Wouldn't

do.

to

things

finding

too,

them

like

about,

go

I'll

lovely!

How

work?

seek

to

you

have

Uncle,

Say,

work."

seek

to

out

going

"I'm

said,

He

going?"

you

are

"Why

again,

asked

I

anywhere!"

know,

don't

"I

answered,

He

going?"

you

are

"Where

asked,

and

him

to

out

called

I

there.

meadow

that

across

straight

hills

those

for

making

was

he

on;

shoes

of

pair

old

an

and

hand,

left

his

in

pot

brass

a

and

top,

the

at

bundle

small

a

with

shoulder

his

on

staff

bamboo

a

had

He

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

you?

will

out,

go

won't

you

darling,

work--but,

my

to

off

am

I

dear.

long,

be

won't

It

that?

to

say

Auntie

your

did

what

And

Then--

find.

don't

and

seek

you

Suppose

jobs.

for

looking

about

many

There's

to.

have

I

course

Of

so?

how

really,

me,

Gracious

curds?

some

buy

you

Will

me?

call

you

do

Why

curds.

nice

good

curds,

Curds,

5

I

ACT

[

Amal.
heads. their on them carry and river the from pitchers their fill sarees red with women your And grazing. cattle hill the of slope the on And so? that road--isn't red the of side the by just trees, big old very some under is village Your it. seen having remember to seem I But Never. though! when think can't I village. your seen have may I wonder. I river! Shamli hills! Panch-mura far? very it Is village? Your time. some walk a for there been have must you surely child, dear my But, on. put to saree red a has who everyone isn't it then but river; the from water their draw and come do village dairy our from Women right. that's Good, are! there Indeed, village! our in grazing cattle there Aren't wonderful! How child. right, That's hills? those of foot the to Been it? seen you Have hills. Panch-mura the of foot the at Shamli river the on lies village Our village. our From

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

DairymanLowering his yoke-pole

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

you?

will

tune,

the

me

Teach

curd!"

nice

good

curd,

cry--"Curd,

you

do

how

Oh,

cottage.

to

cottage

from

it

hawk

will

I

and

tree,

banyan

old

the

near

road

red

the

by

village

the

from

curds

my

take

and

you

like

be

learned--I'll

be

to

want

never

I

No,

road?

long

long,

the

walk

and

you

like

yoke

the

shoulder

and

curds

cry

to

me

teach

you'll

And

village.

your

to

me

take

to

going

are

you

out,

go

me

lets

doctor

day

first

the

But

all.

at

there

been

never

Dairyman,

Really,

from?

come

you

do

where

Dairyman,

Say,

me.

with

matter

the

what's

know

don't

I

so

learned,

not

am

I

see

You

tell.

can't

I

long.

day

all

here

sit

I

so

out,

be

to

not

I'm

says

doctor

The

road.

the

down

far

from

call

you

hear

I

when

homesick

feel

to

seem

I

Yes,

could.

I

if

you

with

go

would

I

money.

no

have

I

buy?

I

can

How

idea!

an

what

tune;

the

you

teach

dear,

Dear,

learned.

be

and

books

big

read

will

you

No,

curds?

sell

you

should

Why

ever?

you

did

dear,

Dear,

pleasure.

with

child,

my

will,

I

you?

to

happened

has

whatever

child,

poor

My

me?

With

time.

of

waste

a

What

Ugh!

then?

out

call

Why

boy!

a

What

child?

my

here,

doing

you

are

Whatever

]

6

I

ACT

[

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Dairyman.

Dairyman.

Amal.
sound? gong your does why me Tell dong!" dong, "Dong, out, strikes gong your then tail; up curled his in nose his with sleeps doggie our wall the of shadow the under courtyard the in and Râmayana, her reading asleep falls Auntie and work his to off goes Uncle over, is meal our and midday is it When gong. your hear to love I Yes, gong! the strike you moment the come will time your surely But by! gone has time say some and come, yet not has time say Some curious! How Watchman? gong, the sound you Won't long. day all here stay to got I've away. me take ever can one No out. go me let won't doctor the But you? will Do, King! the To hills? the beyond right far, very it Is to? me take you will Where forever. on goes but none, for waits Time people, the tell to sounds gong My time. is it when only gong the up strike I possible; not That's come. yet not has Time hands. thin poor your from out stick veins Your eyes. your round rings dark are there and pale is face Your see! I So fellow! poor you, let won't Doctor King? the to straight you march I Suppose then? off you march I Suppose

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

too?

I

Have

anything.

knows

one

no

which

of

land

that

to

time

the

with

fly

to

wish

do

I

Oh,

there!

been

ever

has

one

no

suppose

I

Then

land?

what

to

Where,

be?

I

should

why

No,

long?

too

you

kept

I

have

Say,

money.

no

have

I

But

sky?

the

of

end

the

almost

from

kites

of

cry

shrill

the

hear

I

when

that

like

feel

I

know

you

Do

trees!

those

of

line

the

through

road,

that

of

bend

the

from

out

cry

you

hear

I

when

feel

I

queer

how

you

tell

can't

I

it.

hear

to

love

I

do.

Please

[

curds.

selling

happy

be

to

how

me

taught

have

you

all;

at

me

to

loss

no

been

has

it

bit;

a

Not

Dairyman.Exit

AmalIntoning

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

me.

from

curds

little

a

have

you

if

happy

so

me

make

You'll

money!

of

talk

don't

no,

no,

No,

do.

Yes,

curds?

some

have

you

will

child,

Dear

too!

you

Yes,

child.

my

day,

one

there

get

to

have

us

of

All

knows.

none

That

me?

of

likes

the

of

afraid

you

Aren't

making?

are

you

row

this

all

What's

me.

with

word

a

have

and

come

say,

I

Watchman,

rounds.

his

on

watchman

the

there's

Hello,

curds.

good

Curds,

curds.

into

milk

the

turn

they

evening

the

in

and

them,

milk

and

trees

the

under

row

a

in

stand

cows

the

make

women

the

morning

early

the

in

curds;

good

Curds,

bank.

Shamli

the

by

hills

Panch-mura

the

of

country

the

village--from

dairy

the

curds--from

nice

good

curds,

Curds,

]

]

7

I

ACT

Amal.
comes? it when letter King's my me fetch will who But me? to write he'll guess you do How letter? my have I shall When lovely! how Oh, boy. little a only am I But me? for letter A here? office his to King the from come letters Do Whose? Office? Post chests? their on badges gilt round with about run them see you Don't postmen. many has King The flying? flag golden the with window, open your of front in right here Office Post his set he should why Otherwise boys. little to notes tiny sends King The there. in you for letter a be may there day fine One course. Of surely! King's the Why, Whose? Office. Post new our That's there? Oh,

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

Watchman.

dong!

dong,

Dong,

sounding,

slowly

gong

your

darkness

the

through

hear

can

I

out,

blown

lamp

our

find

and

sudden

a

of

all

night

at

up

wake

I

when

sometimes

and

dong,--

dong,

Dong,

sounds,

gong

your

noonday,

the

of

heat

the

in

everywhere

silent

is

it

When

too.

great

is

work

your

yes,

Oh,

so?

smile

you

makes

What

best.

like

I'd

what

That's

up.

grow

I

when

postman

King's

the

be

I'll

go?

they

do

where

Well,

out?

and

in

going

always

are

people

the

and

up

high

flying

flag

a

is

there

where

side,

other

the

on

house

big

that

in

there

on

going

what's

Say,

Watchman?

Say,

heart.

my

to

goes

it

dong,

dong,

dong,

off,

goes

gong

your

when

But

bit.

a

move

never

me--I

left

have

they

where

here

am

I

No.

more.

any

here

in

stick

can't

I

me?

for

come

doctor

great

this

will

When

in.

me

keeps

only

He

him.

know

don't

you

won't;

He

out.

me

let

won't

doctor

But

do.

to

great

a

be

there'll

you

with

gossiping

me

catches

he

If

off.

be

must

I

headman!

village

the

There's

work!

great

very

letters--that's

delivering

house

to

house

from

poor,

or

rich

shine,

or

Rain

indeed!

Postman,

ha!

Ha!

country.

the

through

all

door,

to

door

from

Oh,

dear.

my

Yes,

child.

my

that,

like

talk

Shouldn't

free.

us

lets

and

comes

he

than

greater

One

hand.

the

by

there

you

take

may

himself

doctor

the

day

One

8

[A Girl enters]

I

ACT

[

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Girl.
it. about yourself trouble don't please no, No, cross? you Are voice? of tone that in me to speak you do why Headman, Say, does. King the If me. for letter a there's case In here? window the by sits who Amal it's postman the tell you Will [ him. of out nonsense his of some take that'll this, of hears King the If me. staggers impudence Madhav's you. of news for presently along come will footmen his of One long. very be won't he and you about King the tell I'll pray! not, why And will! I house--indeed your to sent letter King's the get I'll snipper-snapper! you Oh, dance. him make I'll and once him find me Let people. his with talk everyday are padishahs and kings so and pile; little a made He'd nowadays. swell devilish is Madhav King! the to write You indeed! Cross, word! my Upon letter. your have you'll and to-morrow till Wait sure. am I pining, is King the and while long a for met haven't You eh! friend, bosom his you aren't indeed, King the ha! Ha! are! you fellow little uncommon an What ha! Ha! you? to write to going Whoever's you! for letter A that? of good the What's see-to like I'd Jove, By to. got They've ]

Girl.

Watchman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Watchman.Exit

HeadmanLooking pleased

Headman.Exit

Amal.

Amal.

you?

with

matter

the

Whatever's

morning!

the

of

star

late

some

of

think

me

make

You

late!

already

is

it

spare;

to

moment

a

haven't

I

out.

me

let

won't

doctor

the

know;

don't

I

either.

here

on

stay

to

care

don't

I

stop;

to

wish

don't

you

see,

I

you?

won't

dear,

while,

a

stop

Do

tinkle!

anklets

your

How

there?

walking

you

are

Who

you?

to

listen

postmen

King's

the

Do

you.

minds

Everybody

headman.

the

You're

you?

with

word

a

have

I

may

Headman,

Mr.

Headman,

me?

find

can't

postman

the

if

But

up.

grown

I'm

when

them

read

and

carefully

them

keep

must

I

then

will,

one

no

If

writing.

King's

the

know

may

she

Râmayana;

her

reads

Auntie

wonder!

I

me,

to

out

them

read

Who'll

writing.

read

can't

I

oh!

But,

window.

the

at

them

read

I'll

day.

every

King

the

from

letter

a

have

to

splendid

be

would

It

here?

headman

our

him

made

King's

the

suppose

I

he?

is

Whereabouts

headman?

The

[

town.

the

of

news

the

all

you

tell

and

morning

to-morrow

again

in

drop

I'll

know!

you

waiting,

work

keep

Mustn't

now!

off

be

must

I

everybody.

for

trouble

making

him,

of

likes

the

for

game

a

just

It's

him.

of

afraid

is

everybody

that

unpleasant

himself

making

of

ways

many

so

knows

He

busy-body!

fussy

A

no!

Oh,

him?

Made

monkey!

wretched

you

Oh,

highway?

the

on

me

after

yelling

is

Who

him!

That's

along?

hopping

umbrella

palm-leaf

huge

that

see

there;

road

the

down

Right

]

must!

They

do!

they

yes,

oh

Yes,

]

9

I

ACT

[A Troop of Boys enter]
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The do What I Yes,

Girl.

Girl.

[

see.

you'll

you,

forget

won't

I

Amal. you

Amal. do,

Sudha. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal. Amal.
flowers? your have you when back come you'll And there. stream that of side other the on out work for look to leave I up--before grow I when pay I'll then? flower a have me let you'll And so! it like do I longer; little a wait Oh, long? day the all then, do you would What then. well, Very for. paid be to has It I? can how No, you. with talk and come I'll flowers the with home back way my on and still sit and good Be naughty. be you don't well--now Ah, flower. single a find won't I or stop, mustn't I and late getting is it say I and--but pussycat the Meni and bride, the Benay doll my with times great have could I you! like here lounge could I if jolly be would It day. a garlands many so weave to have I flower-seller? the Sasi, is mother my and Sudha am I when Parul sister be I can How silly! are You Parul? sister my be you Would champa. a as out flower will I branch, thinnest the of end the on himself rocks hummingbird honey-sipping the where And way. your find can't you where forest dense the into right go I'll me, let they only If brothers. seven his and tale fairy the of Champa about all know I much. as quite

Sudha.

Sudha.

Sudha.

Sudha.

Sudha.

Sudha.

Sudha.

Sudha.

Sudha.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
Sudha. am I

you.

for

bit

a

window

the

close

me

Let

tired.

feel

you

make

must

watching

and

out

looking

always

know,

I

naughty.

you're

if

you

with

cross

be

People'll

doctor.

the

to

listen

Should

then!

Don't

me!

Ah

that.

remember

Amal,

am

I

me?

forget

won't

You

really?

will,

You

sight.

of

out

right

branches

topmost

very

the

from

you

for

flowers

some

pick

would

I

Then

too.

out

be

could

I

Wish

walk.

you

as

merrily

so

jingle

anklets

your

and

glad

so

seem

feet

your

why

is

That

gathering!

flower

Oh,

Sudha?

What

you.

know

to

seem

Don't

are?

you

who

me

tell

you

will

But

shut.

are

others

the

All

open!

one's

this

only

don't,

No,

will.

I

Yes,

will.

I

I?

than

flowers

about

more

know

you

Do

really?

you

Would

basket.

my

in

flowers

gather

I

here.

flower-seller

the

of

Daughter

know?

you

Don't

Sudha.Exit

do?

]

10

I

ACT

[

First BoyShowing a stick

Second Boy.

Third Boy.

Amal.
back? them want don't You means. all by them have bit; a not No, mind? really don't You all? them have us let you'll And sepoy? gorgeous a he ain't chaps, say, Jatai; mother old There's ship. a here's Look, toys! fine What jolly! How me. to use no of are and dirty getting are They alone. play can't I them. have are, you Here about. lying mine of toys these all With then. you watch could I window? this near road the on play not Why Don't. late. getting is it off; be Let's doctor. the mind you of likes the Suppose Doctor! out. me let won't Doctor do. yes us, with play to out come You home? way your on house our pass you Do Yes. here? at play we can What

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Boys.

Amal.

Boys.

Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Boys.

Boys.

Boys.

Boys.

Boys.

Boys.

Boys.

Boys.

Boys

watch.

first

the

sounding

gong's

The

Listen!

sleepy?

you're

it

is

How

now.

noon

early

only

It's

aches.

back

my

tired;

I'm

and

while

long

a

sitting

been

have

I

times.

at

it

like

feel

I

know,

don't

I

sleepy.

I'm

afraid

I'm

already.

sleep

to

off

you're

but

Say,

nicely.

do

will

reed

of

bit

this

here,

look

Oh,

musket?

a

get

we

can

where

war;

at

play

We'll

line.

a

into

sepoys

these

put

chaps,

Say,

will.

we

yes,

Oh,

old.

are

these

when

ones

new

you

get

I'll

morning?

every

while

a

for

door

our

of

front

in

them

with

play

you

will

But

me.

scold

will

one

No

this?

for

scolding

a

get

you

won't

Say,

them.

want

shan't

I

no,

Oh,

bank?

river

the

along

road

the

by

evening

the

in

home

back

come

you'll

And

long.

day

all

Yes,

day?

whole

the

play

to

going

you're

And

ploughmen.

being

at

play

We'll

brothers? play. to off We're

at,

play

you

will

What

little.

a

here

Stop

to?

off

all

you

are

where

brothers,

Say,

oxen.

of

pair

the

are

two

We

ploughshare.

our

is

This

]

11

CURTAIN

[Amal in Bed] Boys Boys Boys Boys Boys
II ACT OFFICE POST THE CURTAIN 1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The like. you if Yes, out. you find will they letter the on name's your if Surely, them. of many so There's Sarat. another's Badal, One's well. quite Yes, morning. to-morrow again in come We'll then. go better had We

Madhav. Amal. Amal.
there. I'm when well feel always I but ill, more me made it's if know don't I no, Oh, too? that mind doctor the Would Uncle? to-day, window the near go I Can't day. after day there squatting worse yourself made you've see you darling, Yes,

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

here.

me

to

talk

to

moment

a

for

in

him

ask

feet,

dear

your

by

you,

of

beg

I

in.

comes

he

time

the

about

is

This

him.

hear

to

love

I

been.

he's

where

lands

many

the

of

me

to

chats

and

comes

He

window.

the

by

me

see

not

and

pass

fakir'll

my

fear

I

Uncle,

me?

know

he'll

that

so

along

them

of

one

bring

you

will

morning,

to-morrow

in

call

you

When

me?

for

letter

a

there's

if

me

know

will

they

think

you

Do

names.

their

me

Tell

they?

are

Who

postmen?

King's

the

of

know

you

out--do

always

are

You

go.

you

before

something

you

ask

to

want

I

sleep.

to

me

tolls

it

dong,

dong,

dong,

Yes,

fakirs.

any

of

know

don't

I

that?

How's

that?

whoever's

fakir,

Your

pale.

quite

is

face

see--your

Just

strain.

that

stand

won't

blood

and

eaves--flesh

my

under

right

fair

a

holding

are

they

if

as

young,

and

old

here,

round

people

of

lot

whole

the

with

friends

make

and

there

squat

you

don't;

you

No,

12

II

ACT

[Gaffer Enters in a Fakir's Guise]

[

[

Fakir
back. just am I Parrots. of Isle the To

Fakir.

Fakir.

Amal.
there? are hills green And sea? some by it's And glorious! How like. is Isle Parrots' the what Fakir, me, Tell way. my in stand shall torrent or mountain or sea in nothing and Fakir the with go I off well, am I day the but quiet; lie to promise I And doctor. the tell shan't Uncle No. way. your bar can mountain or forest or sea in nothing that travelling of too secrets such you teach I'll and course, Of sea. the on It's course. Of fly. they and sing simply they walk, nor speak neither they and man; no There's birds. of haunt a it's wonders; of land a It's beaten. myself own must magic my all with I then yours, of uncle this with in joins doctor the if but mountain; or sea in nothing to bow I dear, my Amal,

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Gaffer.
so. talk you hear to sad so me makes It going! upon harping on keep don't child, dear Fie, rigmarole? this all What's well. I'm when follower your as you with me take to promise your Remember you! for jolly How ]

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Then--

bird!

a

were

I

wish

I

How

waterfalls!

are

there

And

like.

I

where

just

tramp

I

thing.

a

cost

doesn't

journey

A

man?

you,

like

I

Am

astonishing?

very

so

it

Is

Fakir?

time,

this

been

you

have

Where

bedside.

my

by

Fakir,

here,

Come

are.

you

There

GafferWinking hard

AmalClapping

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

loss.

serious

into

yourself

land

might

you

birds;

among

flourish

won't

business

such

afraid

I'm

up;

grow

you

when

curds

of

hawker

a

be

to

dairyman

the

with

up

fixed

you've

hear

I

job;

a

of

bit

a

been

have

would

that

But

waves.

sea

the

counting

days

my

pass

and

nests

of

crowd

their

among

myself

for

cabin

small

a

build

would

I

so

not

it

Were

me.

with

do

to

nothing

have

would

they

wings--and

without

creature

trifling

a

quite

man,

a

but

nothing

as

me

upon

looked

birds

The

moment.

a

for

them

stop

can

doctor

a

of

devil

No

sea.

the

to

them

over

rush

they

as

sing

pebbles

the

make

they

Don't

have!

they

dances

what

dear,

my

and,

diamonds;

molten

like

it's

Oh,

waterfalls.

its

without

hill

a

have

don't

you

course;

of

me,

Dear

nests.

their

to

back

flock

wings

green

their

with

birds

the

all

hillside,

the

on

glow

red

a

is

there

when

sunset

the

of

time

the

in

and

hills;

green

the

among

live

they

Indeed,

off.

I'm

Now,

crazy.

turn

shall

I

two

you

Between

much.

too

is

this

Really

Isle!

Parrots'

The

not.

you're

what

reckoning

my

beats

It

is--

this

but

word,

my

Upon

fakir.

the

am

I

]

13

II

ACT

[Madhav enters]
red lovely a in dressed and ears her in drops pearl of pair a with bride little lovely a me find would she said He 1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Amal.
nice? be it Won't alms. for ask sound, tabor's the to dancing and King!" O thee, to "Victory cry, and gate his to go would I No, I? mayn't him, from too alms my have must I well, get I When Good! Office? Post this has who King the know you do Fakir, Say, glad. becomes heart my and nearer and nearer coming him feel can I bills. their with mud the at poking and tails their wagging snipe the only seen, be to man single a not is there where and chirps cricket the where meadow open the reaches he then sugarcanes; of stems tall the through cutting lane narrow the into disappears he and field sugarcane the comes then rye; the through on walks and bank the on footpath the to takes he stream a becomes waterfall the mountain the of foot the at where and nights, and days for long, so ever for down climbing letters of bag a back his on and hand left his in lantern a alone, hillside the down coming postman King's the there, all: it see can I when? know you Do tell. can't I ago long How by. gone long days in often it seen I've fancy I me. to clear quite it's but say; can't I everything. do, I rain? after clear quite is sky the when forest the of end the to follow can you which trees the through winding road that on it Is it? is Where way? the On accord. own his of you to it give he'll dear, my ask, to need won't You day. every alms my for him to go I do; I same. the all see me make you but young; aren't eyes My how? but see, I So already. it about all know You so. That's

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

[

stand.

can

I

than

more

is

This

up!

Shut

Madhav.

Amal. sâree;

Madhav.Exit

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

letter?

King's

the

in

be

what'll

out

make

shall

I

if

wonder

I

alone.

and

quiet

being

mind

don't

I

then

and

happy

quite

feel

I

day,

one

letter

a

get

shall

I

think

I

as

and

indoors,

being

more

and

more

it

like

I

Office

Post

King's

the

Since

long.

so

was

day

the

felt

I

first

here

in

me

shut

they

When

sad.

isn't

It

day!"

all

home

at

stay

me

let

Don't

door.

to

door

from

letters

your

delivering

hand,

in

lantern

about

go

may

I

that

postman,

your

me

"Make

say,

shall

I

Office?

Post

the

to

letter

a

me

sent

King

the

has

me,

tell

just

off,

Uncle's

that

now

Fakir,

niece.

little

his

to

me

marry

to

going

is

he

But

Uncle?

been,

dairyman

the

Has

name?

your

bore

just

it

if

enough

be

it

wouldn't

didn't

you

if

Even

home?

at

stay

to

you

were

even

child,

my

for,

sad

be

to

there

is

What

ask?

you

what'll

But

share.

full

my

have

shall

I

me,

with

you're

if

and

splendid,

be

would

It

way.

the

on

still

it's

but

started;

already

has

letter

his

that

gather

I

household.

his

in

nieces

of

lack

no

be

there'll

wed

you

when

you

tell

I

be.

it

Let

wedding.

this

about

dear,

mind,

never

But

hermit!

a

me,

even

tempts

prospect

The

delicious!

How

now.

fix

a

in

are

we

me,

Dear

Kamlipara.

at

band

a

order

to

got

has

he

and

village,

the

in

wedding

niece's

his

with

busy

rather

is

he

that

saying

you

for

curd

of

jar

a

left

has

he

But

Isle.

Parrots'

his

in

nests

the

among

out

and

in

fakir,

pet

your

for

errands

running

head

his

bother

won't

He

he?

shouldn't

why

And

]

brothers.

six

his

and

Champa

of

tales

me

tell

to

me

by

sit

and

come

then

and

cow-house,

the

round

lamp

the

carry

would

she

evenings

the

in

and

cruse;

earthen

new

brand

a

from

it

on

foam

with

milk

warm

with

me

feed

and

cow

black

the

hands

own

her

with

milk

would

she

morning

the

in

and

14

II

ACT

[Doctor enters]

[Madhav enters]
[ [

[The Headman enters]

[

all.

at

saved

be

can

he

if

last,

at

him

save

may

him--it

on

it

Try

home.

get

I

directly

dose

strong

a

on

send

will

I

fastened.

properly

being

doors

the

to

see

and

about

stir

better

had

You

brother.

going,

be

must

I

bother!

a

in!--What

sailing

headman

your

There's

that?

What's

[

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Doctor

Doctor.

Doctor.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.
1914 Tagore, Rabindranath Office, Post The

Headman.

GafferFanning Amal

DoctorAside to Madhav

Doctor.Exeunt Madhav and Doctor.

GafferRising hastily Amal. Amal.
me. left have to seems pain All Doctor. to-day, well awfully Feel suppose-sudden, a on all away melts room this Suppose come? letter King's the Won't all. at talking like feel don't I quiet. be to long I dream. a like seems Everything morning. the since eyes my over coming darkness of sort a feeling been I've Fakir, Say, to-day? feel you do how And mind. my of piece a him give I won't then and angry, be King the if see Let's am. I as such fakir a and you like child a with And nonsense! Cross, awake. patient the keep to only rays sunset the in letting it's well, as window this shut better had You door. back the unexpectedly--there's call to happens someone If days? three or two for off visitors your kept this if matter it Would once. at it lock Better hurtful. most That's door. front your through draught fearful a found I in came I As to-day. air the in quality peculiar a There's exposure. fresh a like looks before--This you warned I fear! I longer, much in him hold Can't him! lose must I suppose I now and own, my as him love and stranger a is who child a in bring I Doctor, me--Oh, tells face His sleeping. is he expect I eyes. his shut has Amal time. the all almost shut been have windows the and doors; of out him let never care, utmost the used I've No, happen? to going what's me Tell alone. Chakradhan leave Doctor, sake, goodness For boy. my to-day, come to sure letter's The ] observed-has Chakradhan well! feeling his that, sign Bad smile. that of look the like quite Don't ]

Amal.

Amal.

me.

to

speaking

and

pillow

my

by

sitting

are

father

and

mother

that

feel

I

away.

far

voices

and

yes,

everything;

hear

can

I

wasn't.

I

asleep?

was

I

think

you

did

Fakir,

No,

cross?

be

King

the

will

Fakir,

Say,

ears?

King's

the

reaches

everything

that

aware

we

Aren't

it?

about

what

Well,

matter?

the

What's

do.

you

if

ruin

to

me

bring

You'll

vain?

in

name

King's

the

take

Why

out?

look

you

don't

why

Then

anonymously.

King

the

to

told

it

had

has

Panchanan

headman

Our

you.

of

both

to

messages

send

to

here

office

his

planted

has

King

the

that

about

rumored

get

it

let

you've

hear

I

two?

you

between

into,

me

got

you've

trouble

the

of

idea

any

you

Have

urchin!

Hello,

quiet.

be

'Sh,

]

]

15

II

ACT

[A knocking outside]
[ letter your Here's chum. King's the You're false? be it can How [

[

[

Amal.
see-can't I it is How up? star evening the Is ding." dong, "Dong, ding," dong, "Dong, gong, the suppose--Hark I now, watch fourth the on hard It's feet. your off dust the wipe me Let letter. King's the me fetch would you think could never I me. love didn't and me with cross were you thought I Headman, Mr. hear? you Can't trumpet! his 'sh, Fakir, Fakir, Headman? Mr. letter, the in there is What me. to blank so looks all It see? can't I it is How physician. state the with Amal, see to himself come will he writes King the that plainly read can I am; I then well mind, my of Out he! dare indeed, jokes Cutting

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.
so? it is Fakir, Say, me. mock don't Please

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

Gaffer.

1914

Tagore,

Rabindranath

Office,

Post

The

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav.

Madhav
Gaffer? too, mind your of out you Are heart. good a has he silly, little a Though reverence. of instinct an have does child little This head. his off more bit a he's until won't he fear I ha! ha! Ha! ha! ha! Ha! now." me to tasteless quite is fare me.--Palace for offerings rice puffed arrange better had you shortly; you on calling am "I says, King The things-these about joke you don't headman, you, beseech I ]

them.

open

I'll

shut,

all

are

windows

the

Oh,

letter.

his

is

it

you

tell

Fakir

as

I

dear.

my

Yes,

robbers.

not

they're

Headman--Hope

Say,

AmalStarting up

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.

Headman.showing a blank slip of paper

MadhavWith folded palms

VoiceFrom outside

Headman

bother!

a

it--what

is

that?--Who

What's

boy!

foolish

mere

a

him,

of

notice

any

take

you

Don't

people.

common

but

are

we

Headman,

jests,

your

me

Spare

robbers!

biggest

the

me

show

far.--Yes,

carries

voice

Panchanan's

ceased!

has

noise

The

Fancy!

me?

of

like

the

of

afraid

you

calls--Aren't

headman,

the

Panchanan,

there?--It's

Who's

urchin.

King,

the

from

you

for

letter

a

there's

Why

dow?

win-

your

before

right

Office

Post

new

his

plants

King

the

why

see

you

Don't

family!

better

a

find

to

hard

King

the

beat

It'll

not!

why

Indeed,

King.

the

from

letter

a

expecting

is

here

child

your

But

nowadays.

bigwigs

with

hobnob

you

hear

I

Madhav,

say,

I

really!

Indeed,

]

door.

the

Open

]

letter.

the

is

This

ha!

ha,

Ha,

].

16

[State Physician enters]

[The King's Herald enters]

II

ACT

[

everything.

you

tell

will

He

[

[

[

[

windows.

and

doors

the

all

wide

Open

here!

is

it

close

How

this?

What's

[

visit?

King's

the

for

room

the

through

flowers

arrange

and

about

go

you

Will

]

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Amal.

Herald.

Herald.

Herald.

Headman.

Madhav.

Herald. Amal. Amal.
door. to door from message his delivering wide, and far wander may I that postmen his of one me make to him ask shall I it. about mind my up made Uncle.--I've worry, you Don't letter. King's the me brought who he was It friend. a is He Doctor. be, him let No, is. it which exactly know don't I but often, it seen have must star.--I polar the me find to King the ask I'll long. so ever for about be to dying I'm course, Of dark. the of side other the from twinkling now stars the all see can I open! and fresh How gone. is pain All well. very Doctor, well, very feel I child? my it, is What

Amal.

Amal.

1914

Tagore,

Rabindranath

Office,

Post

The

didn't.

we

all

knew

You

so.

said

You

right.

you're

Headman,

Say,

rice!

Puffed

comes?

he

when

Uncle,

King,

the

to

offerings

our

be

What'll

ding"--then?

dong

ding

ding,

dong

"ding

gong,

his

strike

will

watchman

the

friend

my

gates

city

the

from

When

Herald?

night,

the

of

hour

what

At

Physician.

Physician.

Headman.
yours. of friend a is he if remain may He child. my well, Very night? the of watches middle the in comes he when King the with bed your leave to enough well feel you Will circumstances. humble our know You him. from gift a for Beg himself. coming is He you. loves King the child, My ] child? my feel, you do How ] here. in person that have can't We ]

MadhavPeering out of the window

State Physician.Feeling Amal's body
friend. young his on attend to physician greatest his sends King The then. Yes,

Physician.To MadhavIndicating the Headman

MadhavWhispering into Amal's ear

MadhavSlapping his forehead

Physician.

rice.

puffed

commanded

has

He

watch.

second

the

On

to-night!

comes

King

Sovereign

Our

slumbers.

he

Hush,

in.

stream

star-light

the

let

Only

oil-lamp.

the

out

Blow

slumber.

into

dropping

he's

pillow;

his

by

sit

I'll

him.

over

coming

is

Sleep

you.

of

all

quiet

be

Now

all.

at

need

No

nice--

really

advent

King's

the

for

manage

could

I

then

house

my

to

word

send

you

If

God!

My

all?

that

is

Alas,

]

door.

the

smashed

they've

ceased.

has

noise

the

think

should

I

]

17

MadhavAddressing Gaffer
[

1914

Tagore,

Rabindranath

Office,

Post

The

Gaffer. [Sudha enters]

Sudha.

Physician. Sudha.
hand? own his into them give I Mayn't him. for flowers some have I

Amal!

unbeliever.

Silence,

Physician. Sudha.
awake? be he will When

Physician. Sudha.
ear? his in me for word a whisper you Will

Physician. Sudha.
him. forgotten not has Sudha him Tell

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