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Beauty And The Jacobin

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Beauty And The Jacobin

by Booth Tarkington

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

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed


ELOISE [folding her arms]. You are to withdraw your soldiers, countersign the “permit,” and allow my friends to embark at once.

VALSIN [with solemnity]. Do you give it as an order, Citizeness?

ELOISE. I do. You will receive suitable political advancement.

VALSIN [in a choked voice]. You mean as a–a reward?

ELOISE [haughtily]. I guarantee that you shall receive it! [He looks at her strangely; then, with a low moan, presses his hand to his side, seeming upon the point of a dangerous seizure.]

VALSIN [managing to speak]. I can only beg you to spare me. You have me at your mercy.

ELOISE [swelling]. It is well for you that you understand that!

VALSIN [shaking his hand ruefully]. Yes; you see I have a bad liver: it may become permanently enlarged. Laughter is my great danger.

ELOISE [crying out with rage]. Oh!

VALSIN [dolorously]. I have continually to remind myself that I am no longer in the first flush of youth.

ELOISE. Idiot! Do you not know who I am!

VALSIN. You? Oh yes–[He checks himself abruptly; looks at her with brief intensity; turns his eyes away, half closing them in quick meditation; smiles, as upon some secret pleasantry, and proceeds briskly.] Oh yes, yes, I know who you are.


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