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Aria Da Capo

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Aria Da Capo

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely

EXCERPT:

Hello, what’s that you’ve got there, Corydon?

CORY. Jewels.

THYR. Jewels?–And where did you ever get them?

CORY. Oh, over here.

THYR. You mean to say you found them, By digging around in the ground for them?

CORY. [unpleasantly]. No, Thyrsis. By digging down for water for my sheep.

THYR. Corydon, come to the wall a minute, will you? I want to talk to you.

CORY. I haven’t time. I’m making me a necklace of red stones.

THYR. I’ll give you all the water that you want, For one of those red stones,–if it’s a good one.

CORY. Water?–what for?–what do I want of water?

THYR. Why, for your sheep.

CORY. My sheep?–I’m not a shepherd!

THYR. Your sheep are dying of thirst.

CORY. Man, haven’t I told you I can’t be bothered with a few untidy Brown sheep all full of burdocks?–I’m a merchant, That’s what I am!–And I set my mind to it, I dare say I could be an emperor!


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