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Written by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Directed by Chester H. Sloat
The Story of "The Lamp and the Bell" is the love of Bianca and Beatrice, more familiarly known as Snow-White and Rose Red. Bianca feels such love for her sister that she says,"You are a burning lamp to me, a flame That cannot blow out, and I shall hold you High in my hand against whatever darkness."To this Beatrice replies, "You are to me a silver bell in a tower; And when it rings I know I am near home."
Their love is so great that it withstands the jealous barks of Octavia, mother of Bianca, and the vengeful plotting of Guido, cousin of Beatrice. It is so strong that it endures even when King Mario chooses one of these maidens for his queen. There comes a bitter separation because of misunderstanding after the tragedy of Mario's death. But ere the curtain falls their love triumphs, and Beatrice says of Bianca, "She is returned From her long silence, and rings out above me Like a silver bell!"
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Gorham Normal School, "The Lamp and the Bell: Drama in Five Acts Program " (1935). Theatre Programs 1910-1939. 11.
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