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Led by Seth, they come forward as far as the lilac clump and stand staring at the house. She is carrying a big bunch of flowers.

Don’t let anything worry you, Father. It becomes apparent that Orin has taken Father’s place and Lavinia has taken Mother’s.

That’s why the shipping wasn’t enough–why I became a judge and a mayor and such vain truck, and why folks in town look on me as so able! And I simply couldn’t believe that he ever would come home. She and Hazel kiss and she shakes hands with Peter. I wouldn’t have bad feeling come between elextra for the world.

But I couldn’t place who it was. I pretended to be dreadfully worried, until I got him worried too. I want to know right now whether you’re going to do what I told you or not!


The clouds like down on the mountain tops, the sun drowsing in your blood, and always the surf on the barrier reef singing a croon in your ears like a lullaby! The time for skulking and lying is over–and by God I’m glad of it! University of California Press.

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I saw he loved me He comes from out West. I’ve always guessed that, Mother–ever since I was little–when I used to come to you–with love–but you would always push me away! Or do you remain true to your one and only beau, Peter? But I saw this performance, just now, as if for the first time.

Your face is the dead image of hers. She sighs with affected weariness and leans back and closes her eyes. That freed me to think of life. But it is evident Lavinia does all in her power to emphasize the dissimilarity rather than the resemblance to her parent.

She only became pretty like their Mother on Brant’s Islands, with the natives staring at her with desire. You’ve always schemed to steal my place!

And it was then I met Adam. Startled, Orin realizes that his death would be another act of justice.


Will you kindly leave us? He nudges her with his elbow, grinning. Even if he never spoke, I would feel what was in his mind and some night, lying beside him, it would drive me mad and I’d have to kill his silence by screaming out the truth!

Brant explodes and reveals his heritage. It’s damned queer, isn’t it? The moonlight, falling full on them, accentuates strangely the resemblance between their faces and at the same time the hostile dissimilarity in body and dress. I came home to surrender to you–what’s inside me.

That would be too–! He turns away abruptly. The facial resemblance, as they stand there, is extraordinary.

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

It means Father will be home soon! Informer concentration camp inmate and Berlin native Hans Muller, immigrates to Israel where, due to eufene problems, he can’t adjust to peacetime life. On the right wall is a painting of George Washington in a gilt frame, flanked by smaller portraits of Alexander Hamilton and John Marshall.