- A Tragedy in one Act.
- Translated from the French of Oscar
Wilde by Lord Alfred Douglas
- THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY
- HEROD ANTIPAS, Tetrarch of Judæa | SECOND SOLDIER
- JOKANAAN, The Prophet | THE PAGE OF
- THE YOUNG SYRIAN
| JEWS, NAZARENES, ETC...
- TIGELLINUS, A Young Roman | A SLAVE
- A CAPPADOCIAN
| NAAMAN, The Executioner
- A NUBIAN |
HERODIAS, Wife of the Tetrarch
- FIRST SOLDIER
| SALOMÉ, Daughter
- THE SLAVES OF SALOMÉ
SCENE: A great terrace in the Palace of HEROD, set above
the banqueting-hall. Some soldiers are leaning over the balcony.
To the right there is a gigantic staircase, to the left, at the
back, an old cistern surrounded by a wall of green bronze. Moonlight.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: How beautiful is the Princess Salomé
THE PAGE OF HERODIAS: Look at the moon! How strange the moon
seems! She is like a woman rising from a tomb. She is like a
dead woman. You would fancy she was looking for dead things.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: She has a strange look. She is like a little
princess who wears a yellow veil, and whose feet are of silver.
She is like a princess who has little white doves for feet. You
would fancy she was dancing.
THE PAGE OF HERODIAS: She is like a woman who is dead. She
moves very slowly.
Noise in the banqueting-hall.
FIRST SOLDIER: What an uproar! Who are those wild beasts howling!
SECOND SOLDIER: The Jews. They are always like that. They
are disputing about their religion.
FIRST SOLDIER: Why do they dispute about their religion?
SECOND SOLDIER: I cannot tell. They are always doing. The
Pharisees, for instance, say that there are angels, and the Sadducees
declare that angels do not exist.
FIRST SOLDIER: I think it is ridiculous to dispute about such
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