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The Lost Silk Hat

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The Lost Silk Hat

by Edward John Dunsany

Genre: Comedy
Setting: Fantasy
Format of Original Source: Play
Recommended Adaptation Length: 30 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely

EXCERPT:

CALLER

Why can’t you think of a plan? If you’re a poet, thinking’s rather in your line.

POET

If I could bring my thoughts to contemplate so absurd a thing as a hat for any length of time no doubt I could think of a plan, but the very triviality of the theme seems to scare them away.

CALLER (rising)

Then I must get it myself.

POET

For Heaven’s sake, don’t do that! Think what it means!

CALLER

I know it will seem absurd, but not so absurd as walking through London without it.

POET

I don’t mean that. But you will make it up. You will forgive each other, and you will marry her and have a family of noisy, pimply children like everyone else, and Romance will be dead. No, don’t ring that bell. Go and buy a bayonet, or whatever one does buy, and join the Bosnians.

CALLER

I tell you I can’t without a hat.

POET

What is a hat! Will you sacrifice for it a beautiful doom? Think of your bones, neglected and forgotten, lying forlornly because of hopeless love on endless golden sands. “Lying forlorn!” as Keats said. What a word! Forlorn in Africa. The careless Bedouins going past by day, at night the lion’s roar, the grievous voice of the desert.


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