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Examiner of Plays' Summary:

At a convent in the Italian mountains the Mother Superior and her nuns hospitably entertain a mysterious traveller driven there by stress of weather. At the end of the meal the guest, proclaiming himself a Troubadour, offers to pay by song, and in the course of the ditty the fascinated Nuns denote its demoralizing effect by "disrobing" for a dance and by "falling at the finish in an abandoned attitude". The one exception is a novice who has just confessed to the Mother her reluctance to leave the pleasures of the world and take the veil but who now announces "I am ready to take the vows". The moral of the little allegory seems to be that the temptations of the evil may miss their intended effect: and this is emphasized by the singing of the Ave Maria as the curtain falls after the troubadour has vanished. I am sure that this little allegory is meant well, though I should like to know what some Catholic authority would think of its desirability on the stage. In any case the effect of the Devil's demoralizing ditty (the words of which are not given), as described on p.6 should be modified. On these conditions the piece is Recommended for Licence, Ernest A. Bendall. [In red ink the following is added below] Subject to an undertaking received licence may be issued.

Licensed On: 3 Jan 1918

License Number: 1328

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British Library Reference: LCP1918/1

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66183 E

Performances

DateTheatreType
14 Jan 1918 Margaret Morris Theatre, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance