This talk forms part of the presidential address given by Dr. Vaughan Cornish to the Geographical Association, and it will deal with one of the aspects of the geographer's lore that appeals to the ordinary man. Dr. Cornish has specialized in several particular branches of geographical research, including earthquakes, waves of sand, snow and sea, and strategic geography, on which he lectured throughout tho war.
A Fairy Play by MAURICE MAETERLINCK.
Translated by ALEXANDER TEIXEIRA DE MATTOS.
With Incidental Music composed by C. WHITAKER WILSON , Abridged and Presented by arrangement with NORA JOHNSTON.
Stars Sicknesses, Shades, Luxuries, Happinesses,
The Wood-cutter's Cottage
Scene 1. At the Fairy's.
Scene 2. The Land of Memory
Scene 1. The Palace of Night
Scene 2. The Forest
Scene 1. Before the Curtain
Scene 2. The Palace of Happiness
Scene 1. Before the Curtain Scene 2. The Graveyard
Scene 3. The Kingdom of the Future.
Scene 1. The Leaving-taking
Sceno 2. The Awakening
The Blue Bird, symbol of happiness or truth, is a rare and precious thing, very difficult to find. It is, perhaps, enough to seek it.
The children, Tyltyl and Mytyl having gone to bed, aro visited by the Fairy Berylune , who tells them that she is anxious to find the Blue Bird so that she may give it to her sick child. She says she would like them to help her to find it and gives Tyltyl a magic diamond by means of which he is able to bring all things to life and provide them with souls. Light comes from the lamp; and Fire, Water, Milk, Sugar and Bread, and even the Dog and Cat, all come from their accustomed places. With Light as guide, they go on their quest, first to the Land of Memory, then to the Palace of Night, the Palace of Happiness, a Graveyard, the Kingdom of the Future, and at last, after many adventures, home again.