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Table of Contents The Octoroon ............................................................................................................................................................. 1 Dion Boucicault ............................................................................................................................................. 2 ACT I ............................................................................................................................................................. 3 ACT II .......................................................................................................................................................... 15 ACT III ......................................................................................................................................................... 22 ACT IV ........................................................................................................................................................ 35 The Octoroon i
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The Octoroon The Octoroon 1
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Dion Boucicault This page copyright © 2002 Blackmask Online. ACT I. ACT II. ACT III ACT IV The Octoroon Dion Boucicault 2
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ACT I. SCENE.— A View of the Plantation Terrebonne, in Louisiana—a branch of the Mississippi is seen winding through the Estate—a low built but extensive Planter's Dwelling, surrounded with a verandah, and raised a few feet from the ground, occupies the L. side—a table and chairs , R. C. GRACE discovered sitting at breakfast-table with CHILDREN. Enter SOLON from house , L. Solon . Yah! you bomn'ble fry—git out—a gen'lman can't pass for you. Grace . (Seizing a fly whisk) Hee! ha—git out! ( Drives Children away—in escaping they tumble against and trip up Solon, who falls with tray—the Children steal the bananas and rolls that fall about .) Enter PETE, R. U. E., ( he is lame )— he carries a mop and pail . Pete . Hey! laws a massey! why clar out? drop dat banana! I'll murder dis yer crowd. ( He chases Children about—they leap over railing at back .) [ Exit Solon, R. U. E. Dem little niggers is a judgment upon dis generation. Enter GEORGE from house , L. George . What's, the matter, Pete? Pete . It's dem black-trash, Mas'r George; dis ere property wants claring—dem's getting, too numerous round; when I gets time, I'll kill some on 'em sure! George . They don't seem to be scared by the threat. Pete . Top, you varmin! top till I get enough of you in one place! George . Were they all born on this estate? Pete . Guess they nebber was born—dem tings! what dem?—get away! Born here—dem darkies? What on Terrebonne! Don't believe it, Mas'r George—dem black tings never was born at all; dey swarmed one mornin' on a sassafras tree in the swamp—I cotched 'em, dey ain't no count. Don't b'lieve dey'll turn out niggers when dere growed—dey'll come out sunthin else. Grace . Yes, Mas'r George, dey was born here; and old Pete is fonder on 'em, dan he is of his fiddle on a Sunday. Pete . What? dem tings—dem?—get away. (Makes blow at the Children.) Born here! dem darkies! What, on Terrebonne? Don't b'lieve it, Mas'r George—no. One morning they swarmed on a sassafras tree in de swamp, and I cotched 'em all in a sieve—dat's how dey come on top of dis yearth—git out, you—ya, ya! (Laughs.) [ Exit Grace , R. U. E. The Octoroon ACT I. 3
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Enter MRS. PEYTON, from house . Mrs. P . So, Pete, you are spoiling those children as usual? Pete . Dat's right, missus!, gib it to, ole Pete! he's allers in for it. Git away dere! Ya! if dey ain't all lighted like coons on dat snake fence, just out of shot. Look dar! Ya! ya! Dem debils. Ya! Mrs. P . Pete! do you hear? Pete . Git down dar! I'm arter you! [ Hobbles off , R. U. E.
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