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Clara's Husbands

By Williams, Laura M.

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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Clara's Husbands  
Author: Williams, Laura M.
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: NOTE: The four husbands may appear one by one by putting their heads through frames on the background. The first may appear, afterwards disappearing and taking the parts of other husbands by changing make?up. Or four different men may appear. A black curtain may be used, if desired, and each husband step out as CLARA speaks. Light should then be thrown upon him, giving him the appearance of a vision. CLARA: It?s come! I'm divorced again. I am the most unfortunate of women. So many live happily, or at least contentedly, with one, and he was my fourth! [Sniffles; reads paper.] One hundred a month hum he might have done better. Men are always so selfish. My fourth. It doesn't seem possible. [Sighs.] We fascinating women suffer so. [Face of CLAUDE appears in first frame; CLARA starts, rises and goes toward picture.] Claude! I haven't forgotten you. You really were the best looking one and so romantic. I called you Lovey [sighs], but I was only sixteen and you were twenty?four. You should have considered my youth and silliness then. But men consider only themselves. You urged me to elope and you had no money. [Hastily.] You misunderstood me. Good Lord, must a young girl spend her life scraping vegetables and mixing puddings? [Shudders. CLAUDE smiles sadly.] But you were so wrong to bring Dicky home with you. I couldn't help being attractive. Did you want me to shave off my hair or blacken out my teeth? [Laughs.] I believe you did. How jealous you were. [Seriously.] It really was your fault. You shouldn't have brought him home. When will men learn to leave their friends in town, when there are pretty wives about the house.

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Table of Contents: CLARA'S HUSBANDS, 1 -- Laura M. Williams, 1


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