The Bells

1   
The scene of "The Bells" is
laid in Alsatia, in a hamlet
at the foot of Mount Snow-
top, during the great snow
storm of Christmas 1868.

2
Several versions of this classic
of the theatre have been
presented during the last half
century. The most notable
performance of the play was
that of the late Sir Henry
          Irving.

3
Mathias, owner of the inn
and village mill, having
ambitions to be Burgo-
master, is not as exacting
towards his customers as
his wife Catharine.
     ... Lionel Barrymore

4
- and no one could obtain
credit from Catharine - -
with her it was - no pay -
no drinks.
 ... Caroline Frances Cooke

5
Jerome Frantz declares to 
his friends that when he
takes possession of the inn,
Mathias will not have 
enough to buy a drink.
  ... Gustav Von Seyffertitz

6
"To Mathias - our next
     Burgomaster."

7
"To become Burgomaster,
I must be liberal to our
 influential citizens."

8
"If you persist in giving
 everything away - how
 are you going to get 
  the money to repay
   Frantz his loan?"

9
"So you would bribe our
villagers to make you
Burgomaster!  Bribe
them with credit and 
   free drinks!"

10
"Be sure you have the
money when due, six
thousand francs, or you
will be on the outside
looking in through the
        window."

11
"Please, neighbor Frantz,
      not so loud."

12
The mill - like the inn,
owned by Mathias, also 
    ran on credit.

13
Hans - who has charge 
of the mill, demands 
cash payment - for like 
his daughter Catharine 
it is - no pay - no flour.
    ... Lorimer Johnston

14
"I'll ask Mathias - he'll
give us credit, if you
         won't."

15
"Take it along - - pay
   me when you can."

16
"I expect your help 
in appointing me 
Burgomaster, eh?"

17
Christian - on his way 
to the village, to
which he has been 
appointed gendarme.
    ... Edward Phillips

18
Annette -
Daughter of Mathias.
      --- Lola Todd

19
"No, we must save the 
little money we have
  - we cannot buy 
     anything."

20
"- - but Mathias goes
shabby just to see you
and Annette in pretty
  dresses and fine 
      ribbons."

21
"Unless we pay Frantz
we'll be disgraced.
Where is the money to 
    come from?"

22
Fair Day is Holiday -
in all the country
   round about.

23
"Much credit, eh - and
     little cash."

24
"Now, if you would arrange
a marriage between your
daughter and me, I might
   cancel this debt."

25
"I told you my daughter
marries the man of her 
choice - and that man
  will not be you."

26
"You'll sing another tune
   when I turn you out 
 into the street to beg."

27
"Come one - - come all!
To maidens fair and
  soldiers bold,
To you your future I'll
  unfold."

The fortune-teller.
     ... Laura Lavarnie

28
The Mesmerist - performs
feats that makes the town
wonder.
       ... Boris Karloff

29
"Let me put you in a 
mesmeric sleep - I can
make you tell any
incident of your life."

30
"I can make criminals
confess their crimes
and good men tell of
 their good deeds."

31
Christmas brings to Mathias
no 'Peace on Earth' nor
any 'Good will' from his
   neighbor Frantz -

32
"Peace be with you!"

33
"The snow is deep; the road
is dark. May I rest here
an hour. I am a travelling
merchant from Warsaw."

Baruch Koweski -
    The Polish Jew.
     ... E. Alyn Warren

34
"I have troubles to drown 
    - many troubles."

35
"Is that all gold - in 
   your money belt?"

36
"Yes, friend - all gold
- bright, shining gold."

37
"Peace be with you!"

38
The next sun shines bright
and clear, but in the
bosom of Mathias rages 
the storms of yesternight.

39
"My uncle's death is a
great sorrow, even
though the inheritance
enables me to pay my 
    debt to you."

40
"The legacy from your
father's uncle came just
in time - we are free
of debt and rich - -
       rich!"

41
"A terrible murder has been
committed - the body cannot
be found, only a glove -
and a cap cleft with a sharp 
axe. They are bringing the 
       sleigh here."

42
"This crime will bring 
disgrace upon the fair 
name of our village."

43
"We must find the
murderer at once!"

44
"No! Do not enter! It
would bring ill luck 
    to my house."

45
"Mathias has a tender 
heart - - he cannot
stand hearing of such 
      violence."

46
Mathias determines that
'his sins shall not find 
him out', and so fortifies
    himself against
       detection.

47
"'Faint heart never won 
fair lady.' What is it?"

48
"Monsieur Mathias, I want
to ask for the hand of
your daughter - I have
little myself - my pay
       is small."

49
"My boy, nothing would 
   give me greater 
     happiness."

50
"- and as for your pay,
Annette's dowry shall
 be thirty thousand
       francs."

51
"There are some other 
matters I would like 
to discuss with you,
    M. Mathias."

52
"As gendarme of the 
village, it is my duty
to find the man who 
committed this horrible 
       murder."

53
"As there was no trace 
of the body, I believe
that it was thrown in 
  a lime kiln and 
       burned."

54
"Take care, Christian,
   you know I have 
     lime kilns."

55
"True, but then the body 
could have been thrown 
   in one of yours."

56
"If I find the murderer
I may win promotion
or even the Legion of
        Honor."

57
"- and the marriage 
 is to take place at 
        once."

58
"What's more, I'm going
up-stairs and count out
Annette's dowry - -
Thirty Thousand Francs."

59
"- - all in bright,
   shining gold."

60
"I'll give it back, if
you don't look at me 
so accusingly - - I'll
    give it back!"

61
The great day - when
Mathias is to receive
his appointment as
    Burgomaster.

62
"The best in the house
to the men who have
    appointed me
    Burgomaster.

63
"Monsieur Mathias - we
now greet you as our
    Burgomaster."

64
"Will you kindly tell
 me where I can find 
  the Burgomaster?"

65
"Peace be with you!"

66
"My name is Jethro Koweski 
- - I am from Poland,
seeking my brother - and
if murdered to avenge his 
death."
          E. Alyn Warren

67
"I have come to offer
 a reward to the one
  who discovers my
 brother's murderer."

68
"- and I have brought 
this mesmerist to aid
 me - - he has made 
many criminals confess 
   their crimes."

69
"We conduct matters here
by process of law and
not with devil's practices."

70
"Leave my inn before
you bring ill-luck
here - as your brother
brought disgrace upon
    the village."

71
The first duty of Mathias
as Burgomaster is to
investigate the horrible
  crime that has so
 shocked the village.

72
"I am prepared to offer
Thirty Thousand Francs
to find the murderer 
   of my brother."

73
"This mesmerist can weave
spells that will make
evil-doers confess their 
          evil."

74
"The guilty man is in
this village - yea, he
may be in this very 
        room."

75
"I can read the inmost 
secrets of your heart."

76
"Get out! You practice
witchcraft - you are an
invention of the devil.
Get out and never 
return to this village!"

77
His tormentor --
  CONSCIENCE.

78
The joyous ringing of the
bells - Wedding Bells -
announce the marriage of 
 Christian and Annette.

79
Mathias hears the bells - -
bells that are ever ringing
in his ears - - ringing a
  jangling, discordant
        accusation.

80
The dream of - accusing
       conscience.

81
"You are a cunning man
- - you thought to
destroy all proofs by
burning the body in
  your lime kiln."

82
"I'm innocent - anyone
could throw a body
in the kiln. I'm an
    honest man!"

83
"Why do you always 
hear the sound of 
      bells?"

84
"I do not hear the 
 sound of bells."

85
"If you do not confess
   I'll summon the
      mesmerist."

86
"Yes, I hear the bells
- but as in a dream."

87
"On the night of the great 
storm last Christmas, tell 
us what you did with the 
   Polish Jew's body."

88
"Wake him!"

89
"You are guilty - by 
your own confession."

90
"It's a lie! It's not the law!
     It's devil's work!"

91
"We sentence you to be 
  hanged by the neck
      until dead."

92
"I have REPENTED -
 my SIN has been
    FORGIVEN."

93
"Then - 'Peace be 
    with you'."

The End

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