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Vive La France!: For France


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An episode of the Franco-Prussian War by John Oswald Francis.

A Room in a cottage in rural France on a cold winter's night, after a heavy fall of snow. Lonjanne was, in his youth, a soldier in the army of Napoleon the First, and has lived on to the time of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, in which our story is placed. Picture Loujanne, when lie speaks, as an aged man, white haired and shrunken, who comes in from out of doors, wearing a long cloak with a shawl wrapped about his head to protect him from the cold. On the right-hand wide of the poorly furnished room there is a bright blaze of burning logs in a fireplace, beyond which a door leads to an inner kitchen, opening upon the garden. In the back wall is the main door flanked by the still uncurtained window, through which snow may be seen, bright under the moonlight, with a Prussian guard house not far away.
Louis is a young French soldier in the French uniform of the period, with a full-skirted coat and service cap. Sergeant Bepler is a heavy crop-headed Prussian, with a rather good-humoured face. As the play begins Marie, an old woman in peasant costume, speaks to her daughter Helene.


Writer: John Oswald Francis

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