If: a play in four acts eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 64 pages of information about If.

JOHN

Is it not enough that you are my beloved?  You know there is none other but you.  Is it not enough, Miralda?

MIRALDA

It is not enough.  I will be queen.

JOHN

Tchah! . . .  Miralda, I know you are a wonderful woman, the most wonderful in the East; how you ever came to be in the West I don’t know, and a train of all places; but, Miralda, you must not have petty whims, they don’t become you.

MIRALDA

Is it a petty whim to wish to be a queen?

JOHN

Yes, when it is only the name you want.  You are a queen.  You have all you wish for.  Are you not my beloved?  And have I not power here over all men?  Could I not close the pass?

MIRALDA

I want to be queen.

JOHN

Oh-h!  I will leave you.  I have more to do than to sit and hear your whims.  When I come back you will have some other whim.  Miralda, you have too many whims.

[He rises.]

MIRALDA

Will you be back soon?

JOHN

No.

MIRALDA

When will you come back, John?

[She is reclining, looking fair, fanning slightly.]

JOHN

In half an hour.

MIRALDA

In half an hour?

JOHN

Yes.

[Exit.]

MIRALDA

Half an hour.

[Her fan is laid down.  She clutches it with sudden resolve.  She goes to the wall, fanning herself slowly.  She leans against it.  She fans herself now with obvious deliberation.  Three times the great fan goes pat against the window, and then again separately three times; and then she puts it against the window once with a smile of ecstasy.  She has signalled.  She returns to the cushions and reclines with beautiful care, fanning herself softly.

Enter the Vizier, Hafiz el Alcolahn]

HAFIZ

Lady!  You bade me come.

MIRALDA

Did I, Hafiz?

HAFIZ

Lady, your fan.

MIRALDA

Ah, I was fanning myself.

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