[Always applauding everything that is said at her receptions.] Good!
That was extremely good!
[To the crestfallen BLACKBIRD.] You will make him smart for this?
THE BLACKBIRD [Prudently.] No. I will take it out on the Turkey. [At this point a VOICE calls, “Chick-chick-chick-chick-chick!” and all the FANCY COCKS, rushing toward the irresistible call to food, hurry out, tumbling over one another in their haste.]
[Running after them.] Are you going?
A PADUA COCK
[The last to leave.] I beg to be excused! [Disappears.]
THE GUINEA-HEN [In the midst of the hubbub.] Are you going? Must you go? Oh, don’t go yet!
[To the PHEASANT-HEN.] Come, my golden Pheasant!
[Running to CHANTECLER.] Are you running away?
To save my song!
THE GUINEA-HEN [Running to the YOUNG GUINEA-COCK.] My son, I am in such a state—I am in such—
[Calling after CHANTECLER.] And when shall we see you again?
[Before going.] When you have grown teeth! [Off with the
THE GUINEA-HEN [To the YOUNG GUINEA-COCK.] This has been quite the finest affair of the season! [Darting madly about among the departing guests.] Au revoir! Mondays in August! Don’t forget!
[Announcing.] The Tortoise!
THE NIGHT OF THE NIGHTINGALE
In the Forest. Evening. Huge trees with thick gnarled roots. At the base of one of the trees, Time or a lightning stroke has hollowed a sort of chamber. Rising slopes carpeted with heather. Rabbit holes. Mosses. Toadstools. Stretched between two ferns, a great cobweb, spangled with water-drops. At the rise of the curtain, RABBITS are discovered on every side among the underbrush, peacefully inhaling the evening air. A time of serene silence and coolness.
A RABBIT in front of his burrow, CHOIR OF UNSEEN BIRDS.
A RABBIT It is the hour when with sweet and solemn voices the two warblers, Black-cap of the Gardens, and Red-wing of the Woods, intone the evening prayer.
[Among the branches.] O God of Birds!
O God of Birds! or, rather, for the Hawk
Has surely not the same God as the Wren,
O God of Little Birds!
A THOUSAND VOICES
[Among the leaves.] O God of Little Birds!