The Man Who Laughs

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17th Century

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ENGLAND

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His Majesty,

[dissolve to:]

4 
King James II.

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Barkilphedro - Jester
    to the King.

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- but all his jests were
cruel and all his smiles
       were false.

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"Your Majesty - -
 Lord Clancharlie is
     captured!"

8
"Alive?"

9
"So, the proud rebel who
 refused to kiss our hand,
 returns from exile to kiss
     the 'Iron Lady'."

10
"I came back to find my
 little son. What have 
  you done with him?"

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"By our grace, he is still
 alive and quite well,
      I believe."

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"A Comprachico surgeon
 carved a grin upon his 
 face so he might laugh 
 forever at his fool of a 
         father."

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"Comprachicos!"

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"And they paid my
 Barkilphedro well for
 the little fellow."

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"To the Iron Lady!"

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"My poor little son -
   God help him!"

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"Leave that boy
    behind!"

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The Comprachico surgeon,
 Doctor Hardquanonne.

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"Bring that boy back!"

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"We want no victims 
 to convict us of our 
       trade!"

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"That boy is ours by order
 of the King - he means
      money to us!"

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"Who disturbs the rest
  of Ursus - - the
    philosopher?"

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"Be quiet, Homo!"

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"My name is Gwynplaine,
 and I'm cold and hungry."

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"What - are there two
       of you?"

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"Blind!"

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"Stop laughing."

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"Stop laughing, I say!"

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"I'm not laughing!"

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"Comprachicos!"

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Prosperous years followed 
  for Father Ursus and 
  the little green van.

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Gwynplaine, now a strolling
 player - famous through-
out the countryside as 'The
      Laughing Man'.

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In the sightless eyes of 
  Dea, the image of
Gwynplaine stood always 
 in a shaft of light.

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"The Laughing Man 
    is coming!"

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"You have a wonderful 
 clown - he's worth a 
    lot of money."

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"I, too, have freaks - a
 pig with two snouts
 and a cow with five 
        legs."

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"You're going to Southwark 
       Fair, too?"

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"My name is Hardquanonne.
 I shall get better acquainted
 with you and - - your
   laughing man."

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Southwark Fair - supported
  by the Queen's bounty -
a rattle for the masses to
make them laugh and forget.

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"See him! Gwynplaine!
  The Laughing Man!"

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"I want you to deliver a 
 message to a Duchess - 
    it's important!"

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"Is this how you rehearse 
       your part?"

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"I'll cure you of this love-
 sickness - you shall be
 married before we leave
     Southwark Fair."

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"Why do you always draw 
 away from me when Ursus
  speaks of marriage?"

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"Dea, I haven't the right 
   even to love you."

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"Gwynplaine, my life 
  belongs to you."

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"You would marry me
 then, my Dea - without
     seeing me?"

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"Hear how they laugh
 at me - nothing but a 
        clown!"

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"A message from Doctor
 Hardquanonne for the
 Duchess Josiana - -
     important."

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The ambitious Barkilphedro
 prospered even after the 
death of his patron, King
         James.

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"I have a letter for the
 Duchess Josiana - and
 they won't let me in."

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"The Queen is inflicting 
 another concert on the 
 Court this afternoon -
 I'll read the invitation to
       your Grace."

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"Bother her old concert!
  Tell me the latest 
       scandal."

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"There is a new scandal 
 on the wing - but rather
 close to your Grace,
        I fear."

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"Can it possibly concern
 my beloved Dirry-Moir?"

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"But then, my betrothed 
 is too stupid to make
 an interesting scandal."

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"You'll be interested, my
 dear Duchess - but her
 Majesty must be the first 
         to hear."

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"It was an apple that got
 Eve into trouble - my
    dear Duchess."

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The scandal starts -

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"I have great news for
 Your Majesty, touching
  the insolent Josiana."

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"Dirry-Moir!"

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"Your betrothed needs 
 lessons in manners. She 
 insults us again with her 
        absence."

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"My Lady Josiana's disrespect
 grieves me deeply. May I not
      go and fetch her?"

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"If I should find this heir,
 your Majesty would not
 fail to reward her faithful
      Barkilphedro?"

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"It were better for you to
 succeed, for I still have
    - the Iron Lady!"

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A more inviting and familiar 
 seat awaited her Grace, the
Duchess Josiana - at South-
        wark Fair.

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"Are you the Dr. Hardquanonne
 who sent a letter to her Grace, 
     the Duchess Josiana?"

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"I have the proof."

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"Take him to the torture 
        chamber!"

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"Gwynplaine, you're getting
  famous! The crowd is
   bigger than ever!"

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"Gwynplaine! Gwynplaine!"

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"Gwynplaine!"

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"Gwynplaine! Bring on
     Gwynplaine!"

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"It's wonderful how my
 Gwynplaine makes the
 people laugh - even
   when he is sad."

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"This way, to see the
   Man Who Laughs!"

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"Get to the concert as
 quickly as you can!
 The Queen is raging."

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"Hey - - we saw
   her first!"

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"To the Royal Palace!"

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"Never fear, dear Duchess,
  I am ever near you."

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"You allow ruffians at
 Southwark Fair greater
 liberties than your 
  betrothed, my dear."

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"I do what I please and
 I'm going there again 
 to see that laughing
        clown!"

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"We have a great lady
 with us, tonight. Nothing
 less than a duchess,
       I'm sure!"

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"I wrote this play myself,
 after the manner of a
 certain Shakespeare -
  only much better."

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"What a success! And
 did you see that
 beautiful lady in the 
        box?"

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"Was she really so beautiful,
        Gwynplaine?"

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"What a lucky clown you 
 are - you don't have to 
  rub off your laugh."

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"A woman has seen 
 my face and yet may 
      love me!"

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"If such a thing is possible,
 then I have the right to 
        marry Dea."

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"Forget such nonsense.
 Dea loves you - and
 she'll never see your 
        face."

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"Gwyn - plaine!"

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"You stay with Dea -"

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"She laughed, Homo -
 like all the others!"

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"God closed my eyes so
 I could see only the real
       Gwynplaine."

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"Where is the clown,
 Gwynplaine? He's
 under arrest."

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"Don't tell Dea -"

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"Go to sleep, Dea. Gwynplaine
 and I have business at the
           Inn."

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"They are taking him to
 Chatham Prison. Dea
    must not know!"

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"Those who go in there
 never come out - don't
         wait."

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"The show is over -"

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"Dr. Hardquanonne died in
 Chatham Prison. His
 confession proves beyond
 doubt that Gwynplaine is
 Lord Clancharlie's lost son."

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"My poor Josiana -- it
 grieves me that she
 must marry a clown to 
  retain her fortune."

102
"Your Majesty is always 
 the kindest of monarchs."

103
"The clown, Gwynplaine, is 
 still a prisoner. Tomorrow
 he will be made a Peer in 
    the House of Lords."

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"It must be time for the 
      performance."

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"How can you tell Dea -
  and break her heart?"

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"Dea must not know. The
 performance must go on."

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"Gwynplaine! Gwynplaine!"

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"Gwynplaine! Bring on
     Gwynplaine!"

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"Gwynplaine! Gwynplaine!
  We want Gwynplaine!"

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"The crowd is gathering
 bigger than ever. Listen
 to them calling for
     Gwynplaine!"

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"I will now introduce 
 the great playwright -
        Ursus."

112
"You shall see - my Mystery
 Play - like Shakespeare -
    only much better!"

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"It is called 'Chaos Vanquished'
 - it ends in light and - -
        laughter - - !"

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"It is your entrance, 
        Dea."

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"For reasons of state, you
 are banished from England.
    You leave tomorrow."

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"Gwynplaine, the laughing 
  mountebank, is dead."

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"My Gwynplaine - I can't
       believe it!"

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"Make way for a Peer 
    of England."

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On their way to the 
   London docks. 
     Banished!

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"Make way for a Peer 
    of England!"

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"Some buffoons have stopped
 our progress. It is but a few
 steps - - will you deign to
            walk?"

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"Where are you taking 
      me, Homo?"

123
"It's outrageous - a clown
 in the House of Peers -
 behold his banner and 
      his crest!"

124
"So they all have forgotten 
 the Laughing Man's little
         sweetheart!"

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"Come with me. We will
 surprise my Lord Gwynplaine
 and overwhelm Her Majesty,
        the Queen."

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"Lord Clancharlie, Baron
 Clancharlie, Marquis of
 Corleone, be you welcome
 among your peers, the 
 lords spiritual and temporal
    of Great Britain."

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"- and the Queen also 
 decrees that Lord 
 Clancharlie shall take to 
 wife, her Grace, the
   Duchess Josiana."

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"He laughs at the
 Queen's command!"

129
"He laughs at the
 House of Lords!"

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"Can't you tell he's 
 in there? Listen to
    them laugh!"

131
"You must not go in that 
 door, child - come, I'll
    show you the way."

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"I protest!"

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"I shall not be forced into 
 this hateful marriage - -
 not even on the Queen's
         command!"

134
"How dare you refuse the 
 hand of a Duchess - -
     you clown!"

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"A King made me a 
      clown!"

136
"A gracious Queen has
 made you a Lord - -
 you will honor her
  Majesty's command!"

137
"A Queen made me 
    a Lord -"

138
"But first, God made
     me a man!"

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"Make way for a Peer
    of England!"

140
"Seize this laughing clown,
  who dares insult the 
   Queen of England!"

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"Gwynplaine, the clown,
 goes back to his people!
 You go to the Queen 
  for your reward!"

142
"It's Gwynplaine! Our
 Laughing Man is back!"

143
"Dea - where is Dea?"

144
"They were ordered to
leave England. You 
may still find them at
     the docks."

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"To the tower! He's
      trapped!"

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"Quick! Drive to the 
      docks!"

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"Dea!"

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"DEA!"

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"DEA!"

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"Homo!"

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"Search the docks!"

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"DEA!"

FINIS

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