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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XX The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XX

The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XX
SCENE XXXX(The Dark Chamber)SUDARSHANA. Lord, do not give me back the honour which you once did turn away from me! I am the servant of your feet--I only seek the privilege of serving you.KING. Will you be able to bear me now?SUDARSHANA. Oh yes, yes, I shall. Your sigh repelled me because I had sought to find you in the pleasure garden, in my Queen's chambers: there even your meanest servant looks handsomer than you. That fever of longing has left my eyes for ever. You are not beautiful, my lord--you stand beyond all comparisons!KING. That which can be comparable with... Plays - Post by : Niceday_Jacky - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 1411

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XIX
SCENE XIXXIX(A Road. SUDARSHANA and SURANGAMA)SUDARSHANA. What a relief, Surangama, what freedom! It is my defeat that has brought me freedom. Oh, what an iron pride was mine! Nothing could move it or soften it. My darkened mind could not in any way be brought to see the plain truth that it was not the King who was to come, it was I who ought to have gone to him. All through yesternight I lay alone on the dusty floor before that window--lay there through the desolate hours and wept! All night the southern winds blew and shrieked and moaned like... Plays - Post by : AdrianMansilla - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2944

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XVIII
SCENE XVIIIXVIII(The Street. GRANDFATHER and KANCHI)GRANDFATHER. What, Prince of Kanchi, you here!KANCHI. Your King has sent me on the road.GRANDFATHER. That is a settled habit with him.KANCHI. And now, no one can get a glimpse of him.GRANDFATHER. That too is one of his amusements.KANCHI. But how long more will he elude me like this? When nothing could make me acknowledge him as my King, he came all of a sudden like a terrific tempest--God knows from where--and scattered my men and horses and banners in one wild tumult: but now, when I am seeking the ends of the earth to pay... Plays - Post by : kenneth88 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 1510

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XVII
SCENE XVIIXVII(A Band of CITIZENS)FIRST CITIZEN. When so many Kings met together, we thought we were going to have some big fun; but somehow everything took such a turn that nobody knows what happened at all!SECOND CITIZEN. Did you not see, they could not come to an agreement among themselves?--every one distrusted every one else.THIRD CITIZEN. None kept to their original plans; one wanted to advance, another thought it better policy to recede; some went to the right, others made a rush to the left: how can you call that a fight?FIRST CITIZEN. They had no eye to real fighting--each had... Plays - Post by : bbsjunk - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 1255

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XVI
SCENE XVIXVI(SUDARSHANA and SURANGAMA)SUDARSHANA. The fight is over now. When will the King come?SURANGAMA. I do not know myself: I am also looking forward to his coming.SUDARSHANA. I feel such a throb of joy, Surangama, that my breast is positively aching. But I am dying with shame too; how shall I show my face to him?SURANGAMA. Go to him in utmost humility and resignation, and all shame will vanish in a moment.SUDARSHANA. I cannot help confessing that I have met with my uttermost defeat for all the rest of my life. But pride made me claim the largest share in his... Plays - Post by : Toddq29 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 1965

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XV
SCENE XVXV(The Gathering of the PRINCES)VIDARBHA. King of Kanchi, how is it that you have not got a single piece of ornament on your person?KANCHI. Because I entertain no hopes at all, my friend. Ornaments would but double the shame of my defeat.KALINGA. But your umbrella-bearer seems to have made up for that,--he is loaded with gold and jewellery all over.VIRAT. The King of Kanchi wants to demonstrate the futility and inferiority of outer beauty and grandeur. Vanity of his prowess has made him discard all outer embellishments from his limbs.KOSLIALA. I am quite up to his trickery; he is seeking... Plays - Post by : upnorth - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2012

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XIV
SCENE XIVXIV(SUDARSHANA and SURANGAMA at the Window)SUDARSHANA. Must I go to the assembly of the princes, then? Is there no other means of saving father's life?SURANGAMA. The King of Kanchi has said so.SUDARSHANA . Are these the words worthy of a King? Did he say so with his own lips?SURANGAMA. No, his messenger, Suvarna, brought this news.SUDARSHANA. Woe, woe is me!SURANGAMA. And he produced a few withered flowers and said, "Tell your Queen that the drier and more withered these souvenirs of the Spring Festival become, the fresher and more blooming do they grow within in my heart."SUDARSHANA. Stop! Tell me... Plays - Post by : 34181 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2118

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XIII
SCENE XIIIXIII(KING OF KANCHI and SUVARNA)SUVARNA. You say, then, that there will be no more necessity of any fight amongst yourselves?KANCHI. No, you need not be afraid. I have made all the princes agree that he whom the Queen accepts as her husband will have her, and the others will have to abandon all further struggle.SUVARNA. But you must have done with me now, Your Highness--so I beg to be let off now. Unfit as I am for anything, the fear of impending danger has unnerved me and stunned my intellect. You will therefore find it difficult to put me to... Plays - Post by : rolanddeckermd - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 660

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XII
SCENE XIIXII(Interior of the Palace)SUDARSHANA. Is the fight still going on?SURANGAMA. As fiercely as ever.SUDARSHANA. Before going out to the battle my father came to me and said, "You have come away from one King, but you have drawn seven Kings after you: I have a mind to cut you up into seven pieces and distribute them among the princes. It would have been well if he did so. Surangama!SURANGAMA. Yes?SUDARSHANA. If your King had the power to save me, could my present state have left him unmoved?SURANGAMA. My Queen, why do you ask me? Have I the power to answer... Plays - Post by : astraler - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2262

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE XI
SCENE XIXI(Encampment)KANCHI. (To KANYA KUBJA'S MESSENGER.) Tell your King that he need not receive us exactly as his guests. We are on our way back to our kingdoms, but we are waiting to rescue Queen Sudarshana from the servitude and degradation to which she is condemned here.MESSENGER. Your Highness, you will remember that the princess is in her father's house.KANCHI. A daughter may stay in her father's home only so long as she remains unmarried.MESSENGER. But her connections with her father's family remain intact still.KANCHI. She has abjured all such relations now.MESSENGER. Such relationship can never be abjured, Your Highness, on... Plays - Post by : lauramacky - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2580

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE X
SCENE XX(Inner Apartments of the Palace. SUDARSHANA and SURANGAMA)SUDARSHANA. Go away from me, Surangama! A deadly anger rages within me--I cannot bear anybody--it makes me wild to see you so patient and submissive.SURANGAMA. Whom are you angry with?SUDARSHANA. I do not know; but I wish to see everything destroyed and convulsed in ruin and disaster! I left my place on the throne as the Empress in a moment's time. Did I lose my all to sweep the dust, to sweat and slave in this dismal hole? Why do the torches of mourning not flare up for me all over the world?... Plays - Post by : Arcana_Media - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 1013

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE IX
SCENE IXIX(The KING OF KANYA KUBJA, father of SUDARSHANA, and his MINISTER)KING OF KANYA KUBJA. I heard everything before her arrival.MINISTER. The princess is waiting alone outside the city gates on the bank of the river. Shall I send people to welcome her home?KING OF KANYA KUBJA. What! She who has faithlessly left her husband--do you propose trumpeting her infamy and shame to every one by getting up a show for her?MINISTER. Shall I then make arrangements for her residence at the palace?KING OF KANYA KUBJA. You will do nothing of the sort. She has left her place as the Empress... Plays - Post by : lacajunboy - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 3432

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE VIII
SCENE VIIIVIII(The Dark Room. The KING and SUDARSRANA)KING. Do not be afraid--you have no cause for fear. The fire will not reach this room.SUDARSHANA. I have no fear--but oh, shame has accompanied me like a raging fire. My face, my eyes, my heart, every part of my body is being scorched and burnt by its flames.KING. It will be some time before you get over this burning.SUDARSHANA. This fire will never cease-will never cease!KING. Do not be despondent, Queen!SUDARSHANA. O King, I shall not hide anything from you.... I have another's garland round my neck.KING. That garland, too, is mine--how else... Plays - Post by : ddoublej - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 1431

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE VII
SCENE VIIVII(At the Door of the QUEEN'S Palace)"KING". What is this you have done, Kanchi?KANCHI. I wanted to fire only this part of the garden near the palace. I had no idea that it would spread so quickly on all sides. Tell me, quick, the way out of this garden."KING". I can tell you nothing about it. Those who brought us here have all fled away.VIIKANCHI. You are a native of this country--you must know the way."KING". I have never entered these inner royal gardens before.KANCHI. I won't hear of it--you must show me the way, or I shall split you... Plays - Post by : donghodeotay - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2420

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE VI
SCENE VIVIROHINI. What is the matter? I cannot make out what is all this! (To the GARDENERS.) Where are you all going away in such a hurry?FIRST GARDENER. We are going out of the garden.ROHINI. Where?SECOND GARDENER. We do not know where--the King has called us.ROHINI. Why, the King is in the garden. Which King has called you?FIRST GARDENER. We cannot say.SECOND GARDENER. The King we have been serving all our life, of course.ROHINI. Will you all go?FIRST GARDENER. Yes, all--we have to go instantly. Otherwise we might get into trouble. (They go out.)ROHINI. I cannot understand their words.... I am... Plays - Post by : Hatman - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 3387

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE V
SCENE VV(GRANDFATHER near the door of the Pleasure House. A Company of MEN)GRANDFATHER. Have you had enough of it, friends?FIRST MAN. Oh, more than that, Grandpa. Just see, they have made me red all over. None has escaped.(Author's note: During the spring festival in India people throw red powder on each other. In this play this red powder has been taken to be the symbol of the passion of love.)GRANDFATHER. No? Did they throw the red dust on the Kings too?SECOND MAN. But who could approach them? They were all secure inside the enclosures.GRANDFATHER. So they have escaped you! Could you... Plays - Post by : Bill_Childs - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 1559

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE IV
SCENE IVIV(Turret of the Royal Palace. SUDARSHANA and her friend ROHINI)SUDARSHANA. You may make mistakes, Rohini, but I cannot be mistaken: am I not the Queen? That, of course, must be my King.ROHINI. He who has conferred such high honour upon you cannot be long in showing himself to you.SUDARSHANA. His very form makes me restless like a caged bird. Did you try well to ascertain who he is?ROHINI. Yes, I did. Every one I asked said that he was the King.SUDARSHANA. What country is he the King of?ROHINI. Our country, King of this land.SUDARSHANA. Are you sure that you are... Plays - Post by : freya01 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 862

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE III
SCENE IIIIII(Before the Pleasure Gardens. Enter AVANTI, KOSHALA, KANCHI, and other KINGS)AVANTI. Will the King of this place not receive us?KANCHI. What manner of governing a country is this? The King is having a festival in a forest even the meanest and commonest people can have easy access!KOSHALA. We ought to have had a separate place set apart and ready for our reception.KANCHI. If he has not prepared such a place yet, we shall compel him to have one erected for us.KOSHALA. All this makes one naturally suspect if these people have really got any King at all--it looks as... Plays - Post by : kmike - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 3110

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE II
SCENE IIII(A DarkChamber. QUEEN SUDARSHANA. Her Maid of Honour, SURANGAMA)SUDARSHANA. Light, light! Where is light? Will the lamp never be lighted in this chamber?SURANGAMA. My Queen, all your other rooms are lighted--will you never long to escape from the light into a dark room like this?SUDARSHANA. But why should this room be kept dark?SURANGAMA. Because otherwise you would know neither light nor darkness.SUDARSHANA. Living in this dark room you have grown to speak darkly and strangely--I cannot understand you, Surangama. But tell me, in what part of the palace is this chamber situated? I cannot make out either the entrance or... Plays - Post by : paulj93 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2921

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The King Of The Dark Chamber - SCENE I
SCENE II(A street. A few wayfarers, and a CITY GUARD)FIRST MAN. Ho, Sir!CITY GUARD. What do you want?SECOND MAN. Which way should we go? We are strangers here. Please tell us which street we should take.CITY GUARD. Where do you want to go?THIRD MAN. To where those big festivities are going to be held, you know. Which way do we go?CITY GUARD. One street is quite as good as another here. Any street will lead you there. Go straight ahead, and you cannot miss the place. (Exit.)FIRST MAN. Just hear what the fool says: "Any street will lead you there!" Where,... Plays - Post by : AquaBird - Date : April 2012 - Author : Rabindranath Tagore - Read : 2192