Little Clay Cart (Ryder 1905)

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THE LITTLE CLAY CART
[ MṚCCHAKAṬIKA ]
A Hindu Drama
ATTRIBUTED TO KING SHŪDRAKA

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL SANSKRIT AND PRĀKRITS
INTO ENGLISH PROSE AND VERSE
BY

ARTHUR WILLIAM RYDER, Ph.D.
INSTRUCTOR IN SANSKRIT IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Published by Harvard University
1905

 

TO MY FATHER

WILLIAM HENRY RYDER

 

 
 

CONTENTS


NOTE BY THE EDITOR OF THE SERIES ix
PREFACE BY THE TRANSLATOR xi
INTRODUCTION
THE AUTHOR AND THE PLAY xv
THE TRANSLATION xxiii
AN OUTLINE OF THE PLOT xxvi
DRAMATIS PERSONAE xxx
TRANSLATION OF THE LITTLE CLAY CART
PROLOGUE 1
ACT I. THE GEMS ARE LEFT BEHIND 6
ACT II. THE SHAMPOOER WHO GAMBLED 27
ACT III. THE HOLE IN THE WALL 43
ACT IV. MADANIKĀ AND SHARVILAKA 57
ACT V. THE STORM 75
ACT VI. THE SWAPPING OF THE BULLOCK-CARTS 93
ACT VII. ARYAKA'S ESCAPE 105
ACT VIII. THE STRANGLING OF VASANTASENĀ 109
ACT IX. THE TRIAL 132
ACT X. THE END 153
EPILOGUE 176
DEPARTURES OF THE TRANSLATION FROM PARAB'S TEXT 177

 

HARVARD ORIENTAL SERIES

EDITED
WITH THE COÖPERATION OF VARIOUS SCHOLARS

BY
CHARLES ROCKWELL LANMAN
WALES PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Volume Nine

 

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Published by Harvard University
1905

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