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Title: The Drama; its history, literature and influence on civilization
Year: 1903 (1900s)
Authors: Bates, Alfred, ed Boyd, James P. (James Penny), 1836-1910, joint ed Lamberton, John Porter, 1839-1917, joint ed Athenian Society (London, England)
Subjects: Drama Drama Plots (Drama, novel, etc.) English drama Greek drama Latin drama Oriental literature Italian drama Spanish drama French drama German drama American drama English drama Drama
Publisher: London, The Athenian Society
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
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which remind us of Carlyles criticism: Theoutward meaning seems unsatisfactory enough. In the next scene the emperor finds the aspect of af-fairs completely changed. The treasury is filled, thetroops are paid, commerce flourishes and the whole realmis prosperous. He learns that, during the confusion ofthe Carnival, he has been persuaded to sign a document,,which was really a decree for the issuing of papermoney, redeemable in gold—after the buried Romantreasures shall be discovered and dug up. Some of thefeatures of this scene are taken from the Mississippischeme of John Law, though it was Goethes first in-tention to deal with politics instead of finance, and it isto be regretted that he afterward changed his plan.Mephistopheles presents Faust to the emperor as theoriginator of the paper money, and the latter appointshim with the chancellor, to direct the finances of therealm. In this scheme we see the effort of Mephistoph-eles to initiate Faust into public life as the surest means

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Chiron. For beauty in herself is blessed ; Grace makes resistless where possessed,Like Helena, whom once I bore. Faust. Her hast thou borne f Chiron. Yea ! on this back. Walpurgis Night in Faust*, Part II.,—Goethe. THE CARRYING AWAY OF HELENAfter an original painting by G. Melingue. HELEN. 29 to corrupt him; but we shall soon find that the evilnature has made a mistake. The emperor is so impressed by Fausts marvelouspower that he desires a special exhibition of his art;and he commands him to summon the shades of Parisand Helen to appear before the court. This was a part■of the original Faust-legend, and was retained in someof the puppet plays. Faust calls Mephistopheles to hisaid, but the latter hesitates to assist him, for the task isdifficult and dangerous: Faust must descend to theMothers, who are vague existences dwelling beyondthe bounds of Time and Space, holding in his hand akey which Mephistopheles gives him, and touching withit a tripod. The court assembles; Faust rises w

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