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I told you so, confound it!
The police were very kind. They took us home in their squad car as soon as they found out we were at the University. One of them even asked if he might call on me -
Call on you? Impertinent young puppy!
He was very considerate -walked me up to our door. It quite a splendid adventure really.
How do you think your "splendid adventure" makes us looks? I can see the headlines -- "English graduate student nabbed in police raid!"
Oh, that's all right. I said I was studying French. They seemed to understand.
Well, I am. I'm reading Sardou - you know, the playwright --
I know. He writes asinine stuff.
Well, it may not be very intellectual, sir, that's quite true.
But he was popular. I'm interested in popular theater. [Eagerly, enthusiastically] Did you know there was a whole popular theater by the Swedes here in Chicago-
Of course I do.
Well, (Defiantly) I'm going to study ...
Study what you d.... confoundedly well like. Just study.
Do you think I don't? Have you looked at my academic record,
Oh, your grades are all right, but ...
You waste time. Dance halls, baseball games ....
Yes. The Sox.
The White Sox.
(Raising her voice) That's the name of a team.
No need to shout. I'm not deaf. Frivolous, Frivolous!
If you're finished, Mr. Wilt --
No, damn it, I'm not finished. Do something useful with all that spare time you seem to have. Go to the theater!
Are you telling me how to behave?
Because I won't - what?
Come to the theater with me. Well -- there. What do you say?
Oh -- yes -- !
"WHEN LILACS BLOOM AGAIN IN THE DOORYARD"
"When Lilacs Bloom in the Dooryard," originally titled, "Henriette, the Queen," is a short, but incredibly tuneful, musical written in honor and memory of Henriette C. K. Naeseth, a beloved teacher and Chair of the English Department at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois by two of her former students, Dr. Ann Boaden and Joan Beaumont.
The musical traces Henriette's life, from her childhood in Deborah, Iowa to her eventual employment by Dr. Andreen at Augustana College.
Along the way, we revisit her student days at the University of Chicago, her relationship with Napier Wilt - the sometime Chair of the English Department there, and her arrest in a Chicago speakeasy. We also become acquainted with her love of theater and the Chicago White Sox.
This is an ideal vehicle for two actor/soloist and a small chorus, with the chorus members doubling as the lesser principals.
HENRIETTE C. K (KOREN) NAESETH
A child, a student, a professor of English, and the central character.
A well-meaning neighbor in Decorah, Iowa.
Henriette's mother. A "progressive" thinker.
Professor of English, and sometime chair of
the English Department, University of Chicago. Henriette's significant other
DR. GUSTAV ANDREEN
President, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
Chorus members "double" as lesser principals.
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