The Devil's Circus

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When the devil pulls
the strings, all the
 world must dance.

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An old-world prison in
  the year 1913 - -

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Carl - schooled in the
  crooked alleys of a
great city - had served
his term.

   ... Charles Emmett Mack

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"Take this, my son -
make it your friend. It
will keep you from sin."

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"I fear you will soon be 
 back here. Only fools 
       reject God."

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"Bunk!"

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Back in the city - the
  old haunts and the
       old ways.

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Fresh from country 
lanes -- a friendless
little orphan who brought
with her a serene belief
in the goodness of God.

Mary ..... Norma Shearer

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"My train was delayed -
I've come in answer to
the advertisement in the 
         paper."

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"You're too late tonight -
everybody's gone home.
   Come back in the
        morning."

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"Please - I'm a stranger.
Could you tell me where 
 to go for the night?"

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"Not a room left. Sorry,
       Miss - -"

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"Never mind - I'll take 
    you to a place.
       Come on."

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"Don't worry - you'll be
    all right here."

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"A bible! What are you 
lugging this around for?"

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"My mother gave it to 
me. She said it would 
 keep me from harm."

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"I don't like it!"

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"Kiss me!"

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"Are you trying to make 
me believe you've never 
     been kissed?"

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"It's true - I've never
   been in love - -"

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"You're a great little 
actress! Now stop it
    and kiss me!"

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"I'm sorry I came here."

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"You're a funny little 
thing, but - - I'll be
         good."

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"See - here's your room.
I'll go somewhere else."

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"Where are you going?"

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"I don't know."

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"I'm sorry - I never knew
a girl like you before.
Won't you please stay?"

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Morning - -

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The Circus Bomparino -

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"The fat fellow is
Bomparino, the owner -
the other one's Hugo,
  the lion-tamer."

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"I've come in answer to
your advertisement -"

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"- Wait over there. I'll
   talk to you later."

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"A little beauty, Bomparino!
Let's try her out in the
       new ballet."

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Yonna .....

   ... Carmel Myers

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"Be quiet! Must you
make a scene every 
time I look at another 
       woman?"

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Days passed - -
  To the little country girl,
  the slum-bred youth was
  a shining knight; and the
  circus tinsel real gold.

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The little mother of the
  circus - -

Mrs. Peters ... Claire McDowell

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"I've been waiting for 
you, Carl. It's all fixed 
     for tonight."

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"Nothing doing, Spiro -
I'm through! I've got
someone to be decent 
        for!"

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"You're crazy! Letting a 
girl interfere with your 
 business. Forget it!"

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"If you care anything
for that girl, you'd better
  get her out of this 
        show - -"

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"- There's a man here -
a devil - who has his
eye on her. Hugo - -"

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"You hang around here 
too much - this is no
place for outsiders!"

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"- Put this over and
you can take her out of 
  here - marry her!"

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"I was foolish, Hugo -
I'll never be jealous
        again!"

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"I have something very 
important to talk to 
      you about."

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"I've told Bomparino I
want you in the new
aerial act I'm planning.
It's a big chance - more
       money - -"

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"I'll make you famous -
give you everything!
Don't you understand?"

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"I thought so! Sneaking
in here when my back
      is turned!"

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"You can't have him, 
do you understand?
He's mine and I'll never 
   give him up!"

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Shadows that
prowled - -

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"You're hurt!"

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"It's only a scratch. I
deserved it - I was
shot trying to rob a
       house."

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"There's no use pretend-
ing any longer, Mary.
I've been a thief all
       my life!"

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"You're not all bad, 
Carl - - I know that."

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"It's not too late to begin
again - - get honest
work. I know God will
     forgive you."

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"It isn't God I'm worried
     about, Mary - -"

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"- It's you! Could you
      forgive me?"

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"I'll always love you, 
Carl, always! I'll be
  waiting for you!"

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Months went by -
   In the spring of
   1914 the Circus
   Bomparino was on
   tour - -

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In the prison, time
ceased to exist for
Carl - Mary, heartsick
  and ashamed, had 
  stopped writing.

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"I'm sorry, Carl. Nothing
    from her yet - -"

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The Circus Bomparino
had returned to the
city. The night of the
grand opening - -

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"You're always after 
that girl! Sending her 
       roses!"

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"I can't endure it, I tell
you! You're killing me!"

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"You! You smug-faced
little hypocrite! I'll get
even with you! - -"

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"- Mark my words! 
You'll wish you'd 
never been born!"

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Then the devil pulled 
the strings and a 
whole world danced the 
   grim dance of

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WAR!

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At the end of four 
years - peace! And
the broken lives that
must somehow go on -

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"Dolls! Buy my dolls!"

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"Wouldn't you like one?"

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"Take it, dear. Never
   mind the money."

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"Dear Mary! We have
searched everywhere 
     for you!"

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"You must come home 
with me - - I have so
 much to tell you."

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"Dear child, don't worry
about the future - -
God will take care of 
        that."

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"I thought that once, 
Mrs. Peters, but now -
I don't believe there is
         a God!"

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"Mother! What does 
    she mean?"

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"But mother - is what
   she said true?"

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"Mr. Muller, isn't there
    a God any more?"

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"Well - Elsa - it's been
so long since I heard 
     of Him - -"

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"Why don't you ask the
lodger upstairs? He's
one floor closer to 
Heaven - maybe he 
      knows."

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"Is it really true what
that girl downstairs
says? Isn't there a 
  God any more?"

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"He is everywhere, Elsa.
I can see Him in your
 little brown eyes."

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"We are going to have 
a wonderful Christmas, 
Mary - - I have a
surprise for you - -"

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"My Mary! I have found 
   you at last! - -"

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"Mrs. Peters told me of 
the accident. Poor little
  girl - how you must 
     have suffered!"

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"I am very much 
changed - am I not?"

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"I kept my promise,
Mary. I've gone straight
since the night they
took me away - -"

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"And now we can be 
married, Mary - have
our own little home -"

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"Don't think about your 
crutches, Mary - - I'll
spend my life making 
  you forget them!"

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"Tell me, Mary! What
is it? What's wrong? -"

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"I will try to tell you -
why I stopped writing -"

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"There is no God - -
everything - is a lie!"

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"What became of Hugo -
the foul beast! Did he
come back from the 
      war?"

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"Don't, Carl! Don't!
Think of Mary - -"

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The silent and implacable 
man-hunt went on until
  Christmas eve - -

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"I will find Hugo and
  send him to you."

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"Who's here? I can feel
there's somebody in
      the room."

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"Who are you? Why
don't you speak?"

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"CARL!"

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"I came to settle an
   old score - -"

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"- - But I find it has 
been settled for me!"

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"I served five years in 
prison for what I did -
now I'm walking the 
streets. Death would 
    be welcome!"

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"Mary! God has opened 
my eyes! He has sent 
  me back to you."

The End

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