The Blue Bird - Dance of the Mist Maids

Act II, scene 2, The Land of Memory

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 Duration 01:33m :: Download (MP3) :: Audio Cast (RSS/iTunes)

A thick fog, from which stands out, on the right, close to the footlights, the trunk of a large oak, with a board nailed to it. A vague, milky, impenetrable light prevails. TYLTYL and MYTYL are at the foot of the oak.  

Image["Frederick Cayley Robinson, (1862-1927) The Land of Memory, Act II"]

Frederick Cayley Robinson,
The Land of Memory, Act II

TYLTYL
Here Is the tree!...  

MYTYL
There's the board!...  

TYLTYL
I can't read it.... Wait, I will climb up on this root.... That's it.... It says, " Land of Memory."  

MYTYL
Is this where it begins?...  

TYLTYL
Yes, there's an arrow....  

MYTYL
Well, where are grandad and granny?...  

TYLTYL
Behind the fog.... We shall see....  
 

Image["Tyltyl and Myltyl meet their grandparents, The Land of Memory from The Playgoer and Society Illustrated 1910"]

Tyltyl and Myltyl meet their
grandparents,

from The Playgoer and Society Illustrated, 1910

The mist begins to move; It grows thinner and lighter, disperses, evaporates. Soon, in a more and more transparent light, appears, under a leafy vault, a cheerful little peasant's cottage, covered with creepers.

The door and windows are open. There are bee-hives under a shed, flower-pots on the window-sills, a cage with a sleeping blackbird. Beside the door is a bench, on which an old peasant and his wife, TYLTYL'S grandfather and grandmother, are seated, both sound asleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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