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The House of Rimmon

A Drama in Four Acts

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Author: Henry van Dyke
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,973 / 49 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 689
Added to site: 2006.03.09 13084
Genre: Drama

Grover Cleveland Harrod, young author and playwright, is confronted with the problem of keeping his ideals and standards and still gaining popularity with the public "that knows what it wants." Much good character study. Edith Gherardi and the Rudds of From Father to Son are met again.

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d blowing.] Ho! Naaman? Where have you been living? Naaman is a broken reed whose claws have been cut. Build no hopes on that foundation, for it will upset in the midst of the sea and leave you hanging in the air.

SABALLIDIN: He clatters like a windmill. What would he say, Hazael?

HAZAEL: Naaman can do nothing without the command of the King; and the King fears to order the army to march without the approval of the gods. The High Priest is against it. The House of Rimmon is for peace with Asshur.

RAKHAZ: Yes, and all the nobles are for peace. We are the men whose wisdom lights the rudder that upholds the chariot of state. Would we be rich if we were not wise? Do we not know better than the rabble what medicine will silence this fire that threatens to drown us?

IZDUBHAR: But if the Assyrians come, we shall all perish; they will despoil us all.

HAZAEL: Not us, my lord, only the common people. The envoys have offered favourable terms to the priests, and the nobles, and the



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