The Road to Yesterday

1
Everyone in this audience
 has felt an unaccountable 
Fear, either of the Dark or the 
Unseen - of great Height or
of great Depth.
    Everyone has felt an in-
stantaneous Dislike for some
individual; an instantaneous 
Love for another; a great Trust
in some; a great Fear of others.

[dissolves to:]

2
  How do you account for 
this? Is the cause hidden
in the Present - the Future -
       or the Past?

3
On the edge of the
 Grand Canyon, in
the shadow of Infinity.

4
Kenneth Paulton,
 the Bridegroom - with a
strange hurt in his arm that
doctors cannot explain.

       - Joseph Schildkraut

5
Malena, the Bride -
   with a strange hurt in
her heart that she cannot
  explain to herself.

            - Jetta Goudal

6
One other has entered the 
 Bridal Chamber with them -
and the Other's name is - -
          FEAR.

7
"I know I love you, Ken!
 But today - during the
 marriage service - -
 something seemed to 
 reach out of the Past
 that made me - afraid!

8
"That's only my shadow, 
         dear!"

9
"It's as if we'd lived before
 Ken - and in that old life
 you'd hurt me - terribly -
 and I'm afraid of you!"

10
"I think I understand
 your aversion now!"

11
"The doctors have given me
 some hope - - you are not
       so generous!"

12
"Oh, Ken, it isn't because of
 your arm! It's just something
 strange that frightens me!"

13
Bedtime Stories in the
  neighboring boys'
camp - presided over by
Jack Moreland.
        - William Boyd

14
"Brace up, Son!
 A good Loser
 is a Winner!"

15
"Do you mean that
 a two-fisted chap
 like you - falls for
    this stuff?"

16
"A minister, are you?
 Well, I don't think
 much of the Fellow
   you work for!"

17
"When this God of yours
 cuts a wound in a planet
 - or a human heart - He
      cuts it deep!"

18
"It isn't God who cuts the
 wounds - it's God who heals
 them! If other surgeons have
 failed you - give Him a trial!
     I'll show you how."

19
"Try talking to this Fellow
       I work for!"

20
"Talk to Him with less
 bitterness in your heart,
 and more hope - He won't
     turn you down!"

21
"I don't believe it - -
 but I'm willing to give
 even God a chance!"

22
But the great Canyon
 has its Sunlight as
well as its Shadows.

23
Elizabeth Walsingham Tyrell -
 a very modern young lady.

           - Vera Reynolds

24
Mr. "Rady" Tompkyns -
  not a bit less modern
than Miss Tyrell.
      - Casson Ferguson

25
"What's a word in seven
    letters meaning 
      Happiness?"

26
"WEDDING!"

27
"DIVORCE!"

28
"For the 'steenth time, Bess -
     will you marry me?"

29
"Just to end the agony,
 let's flip a coin for it!
 Heads, I marry you - -
    Tails, I don't!"

30
Aunt Harriet,
 a light-weight Heavy-Weight.
           - Trixie Friganza

31
"All aboard for the Canyon!"

32
"I didn't expect you
 to fall so soon after
   our engagement!"

33
"You go help Aunt Harriet
 change tires - while I listen
 to the yawn of the Canyon!"

34
"Gee! You'd orter seen that
    bird take the count!"

35
"Haven't I met you before -
         somewhere?"

36
"I think not - - but you're
 going to meet me again -
       somewhere!"

37
"Doesn't the handle open?"

38
"I don't think so - -
 it's just an old knife
 I found in the attic!"

39
"It's all that's left
     of a rose!"

40
"Didn't you give me a
 knife - once before - 
      somewhere?"

41
"Could you forgive
 a man - for doing an
 unforgivable thing?"

42
"Ga-ga!"

43
"I've waited all my life
 for someone just like
 you! Don't make me
  wait so long again!"

44
"Didn't I hear you say some-
 thing about 'falling', so soon
    after our engagement?"

45
"What engagement?"

46
Among the Guests at
 Kenneth Paulton's
home-coming, there is
still the Uninvited One -
        Fear.

47
"He shot his arrow straight
 into my heart - and I haven't
 seen him since - but we met
 Ken at the Canyon, and he's
  asked him here tonight!"

48
"I've been giving your God
 a chance - - and I'll know
 His answer tonight - when
    the Doctor comes."

49
"Why, what are you
   made up for?"

50
"Didn't you know -
 I am a minister?"

51
"It's the rose we found
 in my old knife - I loved
 you, Bess, in some dim
 yesterday - and I shall
    always love you!"

52
"Jack, I - I just couldn't
 marry a minister! You
 see what my friends 
      would do!"

53
"You must cut out roller
 skating! Hades is filled
 with skates - - both old
       and young!"

54
"Your imitation is perfect!
 And since Bess prefers
 clowns to ministers -
 I retire in your favor!"

55
"I'm sorry to give you back
 the rose - but if you really
 loved me, you'd be willing
 to give up the ministry - -
       for my sake!"

56
"Have you still got that
 engagement ring, Rady?"

57
"Nothing doing, old dear - -
 unless you're game to come
 with me to San Francisco
 on the night express - -
 and marry me there in the 
         morning!"

58
"You've been so patient
 with me, Ken! If only 
  I dared love you!"

59
"The Doctor is waiting
   to see you, Sir!"

60
The Answer.

61
"What in Heaven's name
 have you been doing
 to this arm the last
     three weeks?"

62
"You mean - it's so much
        better?"

63
"No - I mean it's so much 
         worse!"

64
"Come on, Ken, and dance!
 It's the last fox-trot - and
 they're playing 'Cuddle Up'!"

65
"Your one chance to save that
 arm - - is to take the night 
 express to San Francisco! I'll
 wire Dr. Borden to operate
  as soon as you get in!"

66
"What have I done that
 this God should want
 to strike me? There is
 no Justice - and there
      is no God!"

67
For none can tell
    to what red Hell,
His sightless soul
    may stray!

68
"Open the door!"

69
"You are my Wife!"

70
"You are - my WIFE!"

71
On the Wings of Fear.

72
"I've telephoned the station, 
 Madam - they'll hold a lower
       berth for you."

73
Rushing through the night -
 no train has ever carried
Five destinies so strangely
         tangled.

74
In one car - rides Regret.

75
"It's lonesome in
 my compartment -
 can't I come in?"

76
"Thanks!"

76
In the next car - 
  rides Despair.

77
"I thought you might need a
 best man for the wedding -
 and as there is nothing left
 but uppers, I'm going to sit
       up with you!"

78
"Don't you want the
    Funny Page?"

79
"Since the Reverend
 He-Man wants to spend
 the night here - - let's
 go to my compartment!"

80
"Jack, where are you?
 I'm drifting away - I'm
    going - back!"

81
Back - whirled back along the
 Road to Yesterday - into 
the life that was hers three
     centuries before.

82
"Jack! Jack!"

83
"Oh, thank goodness
 you're here! There was
 a crash - and smoke -
 and I've blown back
 somehow into Yesterday!"

84
"What do you talk of,
       child?"

85
"It's Ken - he's after me -
 oh, save me - hide me!"

86
"Fellow, have you
 chanced to see
 a runaway wench
 upon the road?"

87
"Now you are safe from
 Lord Strangevon, and I
 have mine own way to
 go - so fare you well!"

88
"I'm going with you!"

89
"Thou art the wastefulest
 tapster that ever vexed
 a gentle tavern-woman!"

90
"Why, Aunt Harriet!"

91
"And you always said
 you were Mary Queen
      of Scots!"

92
"And look at Rady - -
 he used to say he was
  Sir Walter Raleigh!"

93
"Forgive my little comrade -
 and drain a tankard with me
 - sweet slender hostess!"

94
"Well, Reverend Jack Moreland,
 you've got a lot to forget
       before 1926!"

95
"Why - Malena!"

96
"Lord Strangevon shall not
 wed thee for thy gold - -
 I am his wife by gypsy rites,
 and he shall have no other!
 Don this disguise and flee
     ere he find thee!"

97
"What traffic dost thou hold
  with that black witch?"

98
"Mind your business, Rady -
 and tell me where I can 
   change my clothes!"

99
"You weren't Sir Walter
 Raleigh - you were just
 a plain highwayman!"

100
"The little wench
    gave me it."

101
"Wench, forsooth! 'Tis
 the runaway heiress
 Lord Strangevon would
 wed for her fortune.
 Off - - and tell him she
 hides here at the tavern!"

102
"Where have you hid
 my betrothed? Answer -
 if you love your life!"

103
"Before thou slayest
 me, my husband, call
 to memory the day
 thou gavest me this
       chain!"

104
"Thou knowest my face - -
 even as I have dreamed of
 thine, my lord. Wilt suffer
   me dress they wound?"

105
"Are you not reputed
 a black witch - apter
 to hurt than heal?"

106
"'Tis written in the stars
 that love between us shall
   be bitter as hemlock."

107
"My will is strong to over-
 rule your stars - our love
 shall be like this circlet,
 which knows no beginning -
        and no end!"

108
"Through lives before - and
 lives to come - thou knowest
 I am thine own right love!"

109
"Lord Strangevon!
 Thy runaway lass
    is found!"

110
"She hides at the tavern, 
        my lord!"

111
"You know I must wed her -
     or go beggared!"

112
"I'll pay thee for thy
       blabbing!"

113
"In Heaven's name, 
  what do you in
    this array?"

114
"Can't you see I'm
   disguised as 
      a boy?"

115
"Why, Jack, it's your
   same old knife!"

116
"'Tis only copper, but with
 it I'll wed you fairly - -
 will you come with me?"

117
"It's Ken! Don't let him 
        find me!"

118
"Doff your hat, you
 mannerless knave!"

119
"The Lady Elizabeth Tyrell
 must pardon me that I forgot
 my manners - since she her-
 self has forgot her station -
        and her sex!"

120
"Bid my tenants come feast
 at the castle - in honor of
 our marriage, which shall be
          tonight!"

121
"You're Malena's husband!
 I can't marry you - and
   I won't - I won't!"

122
"Jack! Come back!
 If you were a man -
  you'd save me!"

123
"If I were four men -
      I might!"

124
"When the sands are 
 run, my lord comes
 hither to wed you -
 and your ladyship
 were best show him 
   a merry face!"

125
"By Malena's help I
 am come to take
 your ladyship to
      safety."

126
"Not your ladyship, Jack,
    but - your love!"

127
"Little sweet lady - have
 you in truth the courage
 to trudge the rough road
       I must go?"

128
"A thief - broke in
     to steal!"

129
"Even though they kill
 me - we shall find each
 other again - in some
    dim Tomorrow!"

130
"On with the wedding,
      Chaplain!"

131
"I won't marry you - I won't!
    You can't make me say 
         the words!"

132
"Do you say the word
 that makes you wife -
 or do I say the word
  that makes him - -"

133
"I'll marry you - -
 only set him free!
 Promise me that
 you'll set him free!"

134
"No, Bess - no - no!"

135
"Unmask thy face, sweet
 stranger, and drink to
    the new bride!"

136
"'Tis the gypsy -
 come hither to
 bewitch us all!"

137
"Good folk, my bride -
 the new-made Lady of
     Strangevon!"

138
"Stay your homage!
  I am his wife!"

139
"My lord, thou canst
 not cast me away!
  I am thy wife!"

140
"Gypsy, I know you not.
 Would you bewitch me
 with your black art?"

141
"Aye, she's a witch! She
 has a magic knife that
 chased me through the
 forest and pierced me
    in the vitals."

142
"I saw her with one stroke
 change her little ladyship
 from maid to boy! She's
  a witch - a foul witch!"

143
"We know the cure for
  witches - Fire and 
      faggots!"

144
"I am no witch - I am
 thy Love - Let them
     not take me!"

145
"Burn her! Burn her!"

146
"Oh, my Love - save me -
      from the fire!"

147
"Oh, save me from
     the fire!"

148
"Play up, musicians
 - drown her cries -
 tonight we must be
       merry!"

149
"May your rest be sweet
 as mine, good friends!"

150
"Look on the wedding gift 
 I have prepared for my
  loyal little bride!"

151
"Now haply you have
 learned that none may
 safely cross my will -
 no, not God Himself!"

152
"Little sweet lady -
 I am dying - Quick!
 get me - my knife -
      yonder!"

153
"I loved thee!
 I loved thee!"

154
"Through lives and lives -
 through hells and hells -
 till the will that made has
 unmade - thou shalt pay -
   and pay - and pay!"

155
"Ken - Ken - save me -
    from the Fire!"

156
"We can't go without him!"

157
"It's too heavy, Ken -
    save yourself!"

158
"God in Heaven - forgive a
 fool that cursed You - give
 me just the strength to
 save her - You can smash 
       me afterward!"
 
159
"He heard me! He heard me!
  Oh, Malena, my darling -
      there is a God!"

160
"Oh, Jack, we've been in love
 for hundreds of years - and
 I'll marry you with a noose
 round your neck - or a Prayer
 Book in your hand - just so
   you keep on loving me!"

161
"I'll love you, Ken -
 to the end of the
 Road - and Beyond!"

162
"Thine is the Kingdom,
 and the Power, and
 the Glory - forever!"


The
 End


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