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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 55 pages of information about When We Dead Awaken.

    [Up the slope to the left at the back come ULFHEIM and MAIA in
       hunting costume.  After them comes the SERVANT with the leash
       of dogs, with which he goes out to the right.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

[Catching sight of them.] Ah!  There is little Maia, going out with the bear-hunter.

IRENE.

Your lady, yes.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

Or the other’s.

MAIA.

[Looks around as she is crossing the upland, sees the two sitting by the brook, and calls out.] Good-night, Professor!  Dream of me.  Now I am going off on my adventures!

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

[Calls back to her.] What sort of an adventure is this to be?

MAIA.

[Approaching.] I am going to let life take the place of all the rest.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

[Mockingly.] Aha!  So you too are going to do that, little Maia?

MAIA.

Yes.  And I’ve made a verse about it, and this is how it goes: 

[Sings triumphantly.]

I am free!  I am free!  I am free! 
No more life in the prison for me! 
I am free as a bird!  I am free! 
For I believe I have awakened now—­at last.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

It almost seems so.

MAIA.

[Drawing a deep breath.] Oh—­how divinely light one feels on waking!

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

Good-night, Frau Maia—­and good luck to—–­

ULFHEIM.

[Calls out, interposing.] Hush, hush!—­for the devil’s sake let’s have none of your wizard wishes.  Don’t you see that we are going out to shoot—–­

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

What will you bring me home from the hunting, Maia?

MAIA.

You shall have a bird of prey to model.  I shall wing one for you.

PROFESSOR RUBEK.

[Laughs mockingly and bitterly.] Yes, to wing things—­without knowing what you are doing—­that has long been quite in your way.

MAIA.

[Tossing her head.] Oh, just let me take care of myself for the future, and I wish you then—! [Nods and laughs roguishly.] Good-bye—­and a good, peaceful summer night on the upland!

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