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The Romancers

A Comedy in Three Acts

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Author: Edmond Rostand (Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand)
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,319 / 39 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 840
Added to site: 2006.01.24 12495
Genre: Drama

Translated by Barrett H. Clark. Untitled INTRODUCTORY NOTES from 1915 publication by Samuel French.

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STRAFOREL. And say nothing!

BERGAMIN. A make-believe abduction and stage-fight with swords.

STRAFOREL. I understand perfectly.

BERGAMIN. You must have skilful swordsmen--I can't have my boy hurt. He is my only child!

STRAFOREL. I will see to that myself.

BERGAMIN. Good. In that case, I shall fear nothing.

PASQUINOT. [Aside to BERGAMIN] Ask him the price?

BERGAMIN. For an abduction, Maestro, how much do you charge?

STRAFOREL. That depends, Monsieur, on the kind you wish; we have them at all prices. In an affair of this kind however, nothing should be spared. If I were in your place, I should have a first-class abduction.

BERGAMIN. [Surprised] Then you have many classes?

STRAFOREL. Indeed I have. I have the ordinary vulgar abduction in a cab, with two men dressed in black--that's rarely used; the daylight abduction, the midnight abduction; the pompous abduction in a court carriage, with powdered servants--wigs are extra--with mutes, negroes, brigands



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