The Mule-Bone

A Comedy of Negro Life in Three Acts

Author: Langston Hughes
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,723 / 51 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,055
Added to site: 2006.10.03
mnybks.net#: 14868
Genre: Drama
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Excerpt

t's powerful hot in dat store. Lemme run fetch 'em out to you.

LIGE: (To LINDSAY) Run! Joe Lindsay, you ain't been able to run since de big bell rung. Look at dat gray beard.

LINDSAY: Thank God, I ain't gray all over. I'm just as good a man right now as any of you young 'uns. (He hurries on into the store.)

WALTER: Daisy, where's yo' two body guards? It don't look natural to see you thout nary one of 'em.

DAISY: (Archly) I ain't got no body guards. I don't know what you talkin' about.

LIGE: Aw, don' try to come dat over us, Daisy. You know who we talkin' 'bout all right ... but if you want me to come out flat footed ... where's Jim and Dave?

DAISY: Ain't they playin' somewhere for de white folks?

LIGE: (To WALTER) Will you listen at dis gal, Walter? (To DAISY) When I ain't been long seen you and Dave going down to de Lake.

DAISY: (Frightened) Don't y'all run tell mama where I been.

WALTER: Well, you tell us which one you laks de best and

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2015.03.18
Lisa Carr
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This is the first act and the first scene of the second act of a three-act play. Project Gutenberg has the same text. I have not been able to find the full text on-line.
Written in the 1930s by Langston Hughes and Zora Hurston (she claimed she wrote it all,) two leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, it was intended to be a comedy of black life that had real people as characters--not minstrel show buffoons.
Set in an all-black town in Florida, it deals with an assault (using a mule's leg bone) of one friend on another because of their rivalry over a girl.
The characters are real, the humor is broad, and the whole play is written in dialect. Some of the sayings and references are obscure today.
That being said, it's a bit dull; more of a curiosity than an entertainment.


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