By Stevie Smith
It really is 1936. Pompey Casmilus (the heroine of Smith's debut, Novel on Yellow Paper) lives in London along with her cherished Aunt, stricken through the risk of German militarism, afflicted too by way of the humbug which confronts it, so much of all by means of her hopeless love affair with Freddy. Its finishing plunges Pompey into depression; six months of relaxation and healing are prescribed and Pompey is going to Schloss Tilssen at the northern German border, in simple terms to fall in with an odd band of conspirators: the plum-coloured Mrs Pouncer, the absent-minded Colonel Peck and the rushing significant Tom Satterthwaite, whom Pompey involves love.
How Pompey will get into uniform and turns into a undercover agent is just one of the wonderful occasions during this impressive novel which, on a significant point, can be a few robust research of strength and cruelty in an international getting ready for struggle.
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In the breadbox there isn't much bread, either; and in the j ar there isn't much tea. PAVE L : The Mother I 45 COMMISSIONER ( to the POLICEMAN ) : In that case I be lieve it must be a political lardpot. Vlassova, Vlassova, why must you tangle with us bloodhounds in your old age? Your curtains are kept so clean. One scarcely ever sees the like. It's a genuine treat to see them. (He rips them down. ) IVAN ( to ANTON, who, fearing for the hectograph, has leaped up ) : Sit down! You'll be shot. PAVEL ( loudly, diverting the COMMISSIONER ) : Why did you have to throw the lardpot on the floor?
He smashes it. ) You are a respectable woman, as I am aware . And it is true, there was nothing in the divan which might be considered unrespectable. But what of this fine old chest of drawers? (He overturns it. ) Well, just look ; nothing here either! Vlassova, Vlassova ! Decent people are not sly. Ought you to be sly? Then here is the lardpot with its little spoon ; the old, sentimental lardpot. ( Lifts it from the what not, lets it drop . ) Ah, now it has fallen onto the floor -now we can all see there is only lard inside.
THE MOTHER tidies the room. CHOR US Sung to The Mother by Revolutionary Workers* Brush that skirt off brush it again When you're tired of brushing you'll be left with a tidy old rag! Cook, oh so carefully put your best into it If the kopeks are lacking your soup will still be water. Work hard; just as hard as you can, economize, deposit your pennies tally them ever so carefully! If the kopeks are lacking it won't help. * The song texts here and following are not adjusted to the score composed for the play by Hanns Eis ler .
Over The Frontier by Stevie Smith