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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 Excerpt: ...knows nothing--need never know. Gregor has done what he promised me. He has told no one. Not even his parents know that the child is not his. Oh, my dear nania, a scandal--a vile American divorce suit--no, no--I couldn't! And father--you know what sacrifices he has made to cover up my disgrace? And if I was divorced I should be a new burden on his shoulders. Natasha. You'd marry again--Miriam. Oh, no, nania, I couldn't marry again. Natasha. Oh, you'd find a better man Miriam. Oh, no, no! How can one? First to have a lover, then a husband, and then to abandon that husband for another, just as the gypsies trade horses. No, nania, I must suffer, endure, and be silent. That's what I promised to do. Nania, such is the world--a whole life of pain is the price you pay for a moment's joy. Yes, you smile and are happy. You love and hope--you feel as if Heaven was within you, and after that nothing at all but tears and more tears. (Bus.) Oh, nania, if I didn't have you to talk to and cry to--what should I do, nania, what should I do? Natasha. My dear one! Gregorys voice. (Indistinctly, off L.) Be careful! Some one's there! (Miriam dries her eyes, speaks in haste and fear of being seen in tears) Miriam. They are coming. (Exit Miriam, L. Natasha crosses R. to near piano. Enter Gregor, L. He comes in, looking back over his shoulder at Celia. Stands at door) Gregor. Oh, Natasha, you're there alone? Where's Miriam? Go in to the company--they need you! (Natasha exits, R., shaking her head disapprovingly. Celia enters, R. He embraces her) You must not leave me. We've scarcely had a moment alone! (He kisses her. He-speaks in a low voice) You won't go away, will you? Celia. Do you think I will? (She holds up her face. He kisses her) Gregor. Don't ever go. Stay here. Never min...
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