ACT II, Scene 3 (The Fragments)
CLARKE, VILLIERS, AUSTIN, and the HOODED MAN are all lined up at the back of the stage. CLARKE steps forward to give his account.
Whether science would benefit
From this account, I'd rather doubt it.
You see, Doctor Raymond,
I should not say what I saw that night.
In Death, she lay like ink,
All black and formless,
Changing from form to form, sex to sex,
Then to beasts from which it ascended.
That same form, which laid
In those same silent fields of wildflowers,
Which held Rachel's virginal hand.
Twas not lovely Mary,
But in her last breath,
Mary's eyes looked into mine.
This is my final chapter
Of my Memoir to Prove the Existence of the Devil,
And I've succeeded.
...and I've succeeded.
CLARKE steps back to his place while AUSTIN and VILLIERS step forward to give their account.
Ever curious, and in reading Clarke's Memoir,
We traveled to the town of Caermaen,
Where the first events took place.
Things have changed there as the time passed,
And the villagers know nothing of what happened there,
In those infernal fields,
Where the sun shines warm upon
Those cursed incidents.
There is now a museum for the Roman remains.
It was there that we saw a stone square pillar,
Which was found by the Old Roman Road.
On the side of the pillar, an inscription,
But no one could tell us where the carvings were made.
Deu omnodenti, Flavius Senilis possuit,
propter nuptias qua suidit subumbra.
"To the great god Nodens,
God of the great abyss.
Flavius Senilis built this pillar
To exalt the marriage which resolved beneath the shade”.
AUSTIN and VILLIERS step back as the HOODED MAN steps forward.
The HOODED MAN removes his hood to reveal himself. It is DR. RAYMOND.
My Dear Clarke,
Nothing you've written has surprised me.
Your drawings, and the actual face;
The likeness is astounding,
But you've seen Helen's mother.
So much woe began that summer.
Mary saw the Great God Pan,
And she laid with the Great God Pan.
Helen Vaughan was born nine months from that night.
You were right to call me a fool,
For when the when the house of life is thrown open,
There may enter what we have no name for,
And flesh may become the veil for the thing with no name.
The evils you've have witnessed surprised me but little.
I knew what I invited the moment it was born.
I gave it playmates.
You can guess what kind.
Each one had ended in blood incarnate.
I could bear it no longer, so I sent it away.
She just wanted playmates,...
HELEN can be heard singing OFFSTAGE.
...more doorways to usher in the Great God Pan.
We shall ne'er see the Great God Pan.
You've closed the door, sent her back,
And now Helen's with her companions.
DR. RAYMOND steps back once more. CLARKE, AUSTIN, VILLIERS, and DR. RAYMOND stand there in shadow as the lights go out.
AS the lights slowly come down, HELEN can still be heard singing OFFSTAGE. Her voice fades as the stage fades to black. HELEN’s last few phrases are heard in complete darkness.
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