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By Margaret Laurence

A poultry in the home, first released in 1970, is a quick tale series written by way of Margaret Laurence. famous by means of Laurence to be "semi-autobiographical", the sequence chronicles the becoming up of a tender agnostic author, Vanessa MacLeod, within the fictional city of Manawaka, Manitoba. A chicken in the home was once written from the viewpoint of Vanessa at age 40, whereas she recollects her youth (with the exception of the ultimate bankruptcy Jericho's Brick Battlements, while she revisits her formative years home). it really is accordingly most unlikely to inform if younger Vanessa used to be actually in a position to comprehend the occasions unfolding round her, or if she won that figuring out later in lifestyles. initially released as a sequence of self sufficient brief tales.

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I saw her. I just left her. Don’t worry. CLAIRVILLE I do… And I worry about Dorval as well… He is somber in a way that I do not understand… My friend, if you have some sorrows, why don’t you pour them out to a man who shares your feelings. ) Here, brother, is his secret, and mine, and obviously the reason of his melancholy. (CLAIRVILLE takes the letter and reads it. ) DORVAL My letter. CONSTANCE Yes, Dorval. You cannot leave now. I know everything. You loved me. You wrote me. Why did you run away… DORVAL It was necessary.

CONSTANCE Speak, do not hold back any longer. Dorval, trust your friend. ) But I see that my presence makes you uncomfortable. I leave you with him. Scene III DORVAL, CLAIRVILLE CLAIRVILLE Dorval, we are alone… Did you doubt that I would approve of you and Constance? Why did you keep your feelings secret? I forgive Constance, she is a woman, but you… You are not answering me. ) Were you afraid that if my sister learned of the circumstances of your birth— DORVAL Clairville, you insult me. My heart is too pure to have such fears.

DORVAL This is my advice. CLAIRVILLE Ah, my friend, you have saved my life. Twice in one day. I came here afraid of what you might tell me. I have suffered so much since the last time we spoke. DORVAL Believe me, I know. How will you support her? interior_gounaridou 43 2/1/11 10:52 AM 44 Two Plays by Denis Diderot: The Illegitimate Son and The Father of the Family CLAIRVILLE Right now the worst thing would be to live without her. That is why I thought about it and I made up my mind. If poverty is allowed to exist then why should good men be ashamed if they are poor?

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