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The Sea Gull
The scene is laid in the park on SORIN’S estate. A broad avenue of trees leads away from the audience toward a lake that lies lost in the depths of the park.
The avenue is obstructed by a rough stage, temporarily erected for the performance of amateur theatricals, and which screens the lake from view.
There is a dense growth of bushes to the left and right of the stage. A few chairs and a little table are placed in front of the stage.
The sun has just set. JACOB and some other workmen are heard hammering and coughing on the stage behind the lowered curtain.
MASHA and MEDVIEDENKO come in from the left, returning from a walk.
MEDVIEDENKO. Why do you always wear mourning?
MASHA. I dress in black to match my life. I am unhappy.
MEDVIEDENKO. Why should you be unhappy? [Thinking it over] I don’t understand it. You are healthy, and though your father is not rich, he has good competency.
My life is far harder than yours. I only have twenty-three roubles a month to live on, but I don’t wear mourning. [They sit down].
MASHA. Happiness does not depend on riches; poor men are often happy.
MEDVIEDENKO. In theory, yes, but not in reality. Take my case, for instance; my mother, my two sisters, my little brother, and I must all live somehow on my salary of twenty-three roubles a month.
We have to eat and drink, I take it. You wouldn’t have us go without tea and sugar, would you? Or tobacco? Answer me that, if you can.
to speak, and my voice rings out through the void, plaintive and unheard…Even you, pale fires, do not hear me… Bred by the marsh at dawn, you wander until dusk, lacking thought, lacking will, lacking even a qui- ver of life.
Satan, the father of eternal matter, fearing lest life should enter you once more, promotes an end- less interchange of atoms-in you and stone and water.
You are in constant flux. In all the universe the only element unchanging and unchanged remains the spirit. (Pause.) Like a prisoner cast into a deep and empty well, I know not where I am or what awaits me.
One thing alone has been revealed to me: in my fierce, un- yielding battle with Satan, the epitome of material force, I am destined to emerge victorious.
Then shall matter and spirit merge in wondrous harmony, and the universal will shall reign.
But this shall come to pass after aeons and aeons, after the moon and bright Sirius and the earth have turned to dust…Until then-horror, horror…(Pause. Two red dots appear over the lake.)
Behold! My mighty enemy draws near: Satan. I spy his fearsome crimson eyes
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