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Characters :
Mr. X, an Archaeologist.....middle-aged men
Mr. Y, an American traveller middle-aged men
Scene : A simply-furnished room in a farm-house. The door and the windows open on a landscape. In the middle of the room stands a big dining-table, covered at one end by hooks, writing materials, and antiquities; at the other end by a microscope, insect cases and specimen jars full of alcohol.
On the left side hangs a bookshelf. Otherwise, the furniture is that of a well-to-do farmer.
The landscape outside and the room itself are steeped in sunlight. The ringing of church bells indicates that the morning services are just over. Now and then the cackling of hens is heard from the outside.
Mr. Y comes in in his shirt-sleeves, carrying a butterfly-net and a botany-can. He goes straight up to the bookshelf and takes down a book, which he begins to read on the spot.
Mr. X comes in, also in his shirt-sleeves.
Mr. Y starts violently, puts the book back on the shelf upside down, and pretends to be looking for another volume.
Mr. X speaks.
THE work of August Strindberg, the Swedish
-L writer, who died in 1912, is still little known in England outside the circle of those who study the drama ; but fifty years ago his plays and novels convulsed the intellectual world by their attacks on modem society, and particularly on the feminist movement to which the other great Scandinavian playwright of the day, Ibsen, had given such support.

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