Laughter and Tears

[Subtitled: "A Tragic Comedy"]

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"Im presenting this production we endeavour
 to show you a brief panorama of one page
 from the Book of Bohemian Life. You
 may laugh, you may cry maybe ..... you
 may forget, you may remember for many 
 a day perhaps ..... but for us we have
 lived this page and we hand it on to you
 without artificiality, without exaggeration
 and without striving after effect just
 how we lived it."

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~ ~ ~  MASKS AND THEIR 
GRIMACES ARE OFT-TIMES
THE MIRROR TO THE SOUL
BENEATH.~ ~ ~  

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                  Mario Mari,
      a painter....his
      head filled with
      dreams....his pockets
      ....artistically empty.


..... ADELQUI MILLAR.

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"Get out! For Heaven's
  sake leave me alone!"

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Adolpho, well known to the
whole Bohemian circle of
Venice as the living encyclopedia
.... a connoisseur of wines ...
             .. and a great
             admirer of women.

       ...... E. STORY-GOFTON.

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"Surely you would not forego
 the pleasure of meeting my
 illustrious friends!"

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 "The famous 
squirrel painter,
Georgio Lario."

.... REGINALD GARTON.

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    "Greatly honoured by all,
especially his landlady .....
when he pays his rent!"

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      "This is Ferrando,
       the famous Futurist
       composer, who
       borrows his uncle's
       money and Beethoven's
       mantle with equal
       impartiality.
...... BERT DARLEY."

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      "This is Signorina
      Zizi, a lady of singular
      and surpassing virtue,
      but too modest to
      advertise it."
......MAUDIE DUNHAM.

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"There goes a master-piece
 and forty lire worth of
      hired beauty!"

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             CARNIVAL
  To quaff Youth's brimming goblet
  to the dregs; To drain all Life's
  quintessence in an hour; To cram àeons
  of ecstasy into moments of bliss ...
...... this is the spirit of Carnival .......
  and Carnival reigns at the
               Theatre Rossini.

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"Won't you come and join in the fun?"

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"Don't interrupt my conversation
please!"

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"One cannot help being
 attracted to young females
 of the human species,
 but oh! - my sainted mother! -
 what nuisances they are!"

16
"Clod-hopper .... you cannot dance!"

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    "Why so lonely?
Won't you dance with me?"

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"Something tells me that
 we shall meet again"

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One of the flowers that do
   NOT blush unseen

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"Did I not say that we
   should meet again?"

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  "A painter .... what could
one expect?"

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   "And as the dawn approaches ...
... laughter and tears ...... sadness
and passion, are confused in an
orgy which laughingly jeers at
life as merely a pantomime."

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  "Not so fast .... I can see
you are not used to walking
with ladies."

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       Pierette,
   a Bohemian
   wayside flower.

..... EVELYN BRENT.

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  "You're pretty ..... what's your
name Pierette?"

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         THE COMPACT
"I am called Pierette and Pierette
 is the little friend of all the world.
 Her heart knows no chains.
 She comes - she goes - and she
 leaves no regret at parting, only
 the memory of a sweet 
 friendship!"

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.... And the Venetian Moon,
a little ashamed of the scenes
she witnessed through the 
night, gives place to the sun
who rises with the toilers of 
a new day.

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  And during the sunny
days which followed, Pierette
and Mario became the best
of friends, their companions
being Love, Art, and, only too
often, hunger.

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"You make your friends 
 as welcome as a writ!"

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"Eggs for dinner! - What luxury!!
 Mario, I suspect that you have
     an uncle in America!"

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  "Hang it .... that is my only
meal for the whole day!"

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  "It would have to last me 
the whole week!"

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        DESPERATION
Ruskin once said that Art had
no refuge left but the advertisement
hoardings. No artist need starve
during the picture post card craze.

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  "Come and let me show
you what Mario calls his
masterpiece!"

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  "Here is the result of 
a whole week's work!"

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"Once I was a milliner and I hated it.
 Now I shall be a milliner again,
 but I shall love it because it will
 help you."

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           HOPE
"Come, fill the Cup and in the
 Fire of Spring. Your winter
 garment of Repentance fling".

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  The forthcoming exhibition
for "LE PRIX BARTELLI"
causes excitement in the whole 
world of art.

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"Are you exhibiting this
year?"

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"I'm going to try my luck
 with 'Laughter and Tears'.

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"Pearls before swine! I am an artist
 not an artisan. I never exhibit!"

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"As for you, dreamers and dilettanti,
 you are neither artists nor artisans;
  you are masqueraders in the 
    Bohemian motley!"

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Devotion

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  "Pierette .... this is part of
my very soul .... tomorrow
I send it to the judgment of
the public, what luck, I wonder!"

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"Laughter and Tears", wins the First Prize

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  "Sonia, Countess Maltakoff,
   is a patron of Art ......
       and of artists".

..... DOROTHY FANE.

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"Maestro, will you come to
 Paris and paint my portrait?"

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"She called you 'Maestro' -
   our fortune is made!"

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Sunshine for Mario ......
shadows for Pierette.

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 "Pierette .... I wonder if
you are as glad as I am!"

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   "Yes ...... of course,
Mario, ..... I am very happy."

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"A pretty child ..... his model and
 probably his servant ..... this
 Mario has a discriminating eye!"

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  "I must hurry .... it is time
I was in the workroom."

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"She is a sweet little thing, but
 Convention has its claws in us
 now, my boy! Society will open
 its doors to us because we are
 famous, but Pierette .....?"

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       SACRIFICE.
The ladder by which a man
climbs to Fame is usually
planted in a woman's heart.

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   "Here is a letter from
 Countess Sonia - you will see
 it is necessary that we leave
 to night ..... Pierette knows
 nothing of this .... but when she
 returns from her work, she will
 find this letter and some money,
she will quite understand and soon forget."

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..... And as evening's shadows fell.

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"Then .... it is all over .... Mario?"

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"Paris is calling me ...... I must
 go ...... and you yourself said
 that in parting there should be
 no regret, only the memory of
 good friendship?"

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".... You may keep this room
 .... and there is money on the
 table for you .... let us remain
 good friends .... eh? ...."

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 .... And as Summer
 rosebuds opened into bloom, Mario,
with the fascination of his new life
in Paris .... riches, power, fame at
his feet .... forgot too soon, oh far
too soon, all which made his life
worth living in his late Bohemian 
world. ~ ~ ~

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  Oh! red .... red .... Venice,
whose canals and lagoons are
not water but the overflowing 
tears of love. ~ ~ ~

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"Have you heard the latest
 about Mario He ....."

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  "Stop!" ... I don't want to
hear Mario's name mentioned
again .... we are artists ....
he is not, for artists must
have hearts .... he is a cad."

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"Send those shameless creatures
  away ..... I want speak
     with you alone!"

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"I begin to understand why
 you have not yet found 
time to finish my portrait!"

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.... And again, with the approach
of Carnival, Venice prepares her
laughing mask .... but, Pierette lives
only for, and in, the happy 
memories of the past. ~ ~ ~

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"Quick! Stop that terrible
 noise and give me an idea
 for a new Carnival costume

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"Carnival! That will bring
 sad memories to poor little
Pierette. I must go and see her"

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"Pierette, I have an uncle who, in
 consideration of being mentioned
 in my prayers sends me two
 hundred lire a month ....."

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  ".... And out of this
there is always a surplus of
one hundred lira."

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  ".... You know we are
all artists .... you belong
to the family .... will - will
you accept the surplus."

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"Thank you so much, Ferrando,
how generous of you!.....but my
 needs are not great. I have
 sufficient ..... my work....."

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 "Now, little one .... don't
cry....I .... I can't stand it!"

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.... AND IN PARIS ....

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Surprise is the salt
  of human affairs

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    "A young woman has
called to see you, Sir....she
says it is important."

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  "Mario .... it is Carnival 
again .... Venice is en fête ...
and I can only think of happy
memories to bring a little
warmth into my life ...."

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  "I did not want to come
.... but I was forced against
my will .... our little room, so
full of past sweet memories ..
.. it is more than I could bear."

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  "But, Pierette, you could
not be happy here .... you
would feel so out of it all ....
you are not of the same society.
    Go back and enjoy
yourself with all your old 
friends ..... perhaps a little
money ....."

81
 "..... And was that
another of your models?"

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Most noble master, your devoted
secretary has the pleasure to inform
you that he is going to Venice for
Carnival. If you will honour him
with your company ......"

83
"Impossible! I have but three days
   in which to finish this work"

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"Carry my embraces to 
all our old friends in Venice!"

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"PIERETTE!"

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"You're getting on.....and I believed
you heart-sick and desperate ......
you're so chic .... so smart ....."

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"Ah, my dear, I have
found that Love cures
 the wounds of Love"

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"Tell me!"

89
"It's not so interesting.....I chanced
 upon an acquaintance here in Paris
 and ..... well, it's the same
 eternal story ....."

90
"Do I know the man?"

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"He is a fellow-countryman, a Captain
 Lombardi, of the Italian Embassy.
 I am sure you will like him ...
 a fascinating personality!"

92
"He was so handsome and kind
  ... and I was a lonely and
     humiliated woman"

93
"The luxurious room ..... the
 champagne ..... the sweet scent
 of the flowers ..... well, he's
 always been good to me!"

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"I must go now, but do call
 and see me. My flat is at
 Number 16, Rue Blanche."

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JEALOUSY!

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"WHY did you open
   the window?"

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Hell hath no fury like
a man who has got
      what he deserved

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"Come in!"

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"How unfortunate, Mario!
 I am just going to the 
   Opera House ball."

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"Why do you stand there?
..... Come along! So that I
 can finish my toilette."

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"Why don't you speak? .....
 What's the matter with you?"

102
"This little room ...... you here
 ...... my Pierette costume ......
 doesn't it all remind you of
 our first meeting in Venice?"

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"Stop! Pierette ..... Oh! I'm all
 at sea ..... I want ..... I want .....
 God! What do I want? ..... Love!"

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"Love!.....You talk of love! ......
And what do you know of it? .....
 when you cast me away like a
 worn-out garment."

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"And I suppose you think...being
a man...that you have but to lift
your finger for me to return
to you?"

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"Kiss me, Mario! Kiss the
 lips that now belong to another!"

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"Oh! I've gone too 
far with my comedy."

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"......But, thank you Mario.....now I
 am happy.....I was never unfaithful
 to you ..... everything I told was a
 fantasy, I wanted you back at ANY 
 price.....I shall die happily now for I
 know you love me and have always loved 
 me."

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ANGUISH.

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"Pierette!.....My little Pierette....why
 won't you speak?.....Tell me!.....Tell
 me it is only a terrible dream! .....
 Wake up! ..... I love you ..... Oh!
 For God's sake speak to me.....I cannot
 live without you."

111
 "Arrest me! I have just
killed the woman I loved!"

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"My good man ..... you've had
 sufficient Carnival for one
 night ..... go home to bed!"

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   A hopeless dawn brings
remorse for Mario. . . .
. . . .But Pierette . . . . . .?

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At the 'Commissariat de Police'.

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 "It was NOT an accident.
I went there with the full
 intention of killing her!"

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"Oft-times a terrible shock and a
 slight wound give to a faint the
 appearance of death ..... supposing
 she still lives; in fact is perfectly
 well ..... would you repeat that
 statement?"

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"The laws permit you to do
 what you will with my body ....
 but they do not permit you to
 torture my soul."

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"So you wish to be condemned?"

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         Winter is gone, wedding
     bells ring out, and swallows
         herald with the approach
       of Spring another Carnival -
        the Carnival of Life....and
Cupid is crowned King of the Feast."


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