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A Well-Remembered Voice

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A Well-Remembered Voice

by J. M. Barrie

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Setting: England
Format of Original Source: Play
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Promising

EXCERPT:

‘I can’t believe, Dick,’ gazing wistfully into the chair, ‘that she won’t see you.’

It is a sadder voice than his own for the moment that answers, ‘Only one may see me.’

‘You will speak to her, Dick. Let her hear your voice.’

‘Only one may hear me. I could make her the one; but it would mean your losing me.’

‘I can’t give you up, Dick.’

Mrs. Don comes in, as beautiful as ever, but a little aggrieved.

‘I called to you, Robert.’

‘Yes, I thought–I was just going to—-‘

He has come from the ingle-nook to meet her. He looks from her to Dick, whom he sees so clearly, standing now by the fire. An awe falls upon Mr. Don. He says her name, meaning, ‘See, Grace, who is with us.’

Her eyes follow his, but she sees nothing, not even two arms outstretched to her. ‘What is it, Robert? What is the matter?’

She does not hear a voice say, ‘Mother!’

‘I heard you laughing, Robert; what on earth at?’

The father cannot speak.



NOTE FROM NMI: Barrie sometimes wrote his plays in prose, rather than in script format; but they are plays nonetheless.


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