The Power of Darkness

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The Power of Darkness
by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Arthur Hopkins
A stage play, translated by Arthur Hopkins circa 1919.

Characters[edit]

  • PETER IGNÁTITCH. A well-to-do peasant, 42 years old, married for the second time, and sickly.
  • ANÍSYA. His wife, 32 years old, fond of dress.
  • AKOULÍNA. Peter's daughter by his first marriage, 16 years old, hard of hearing, mentally undeveloped.
  • NAN (ANNA PETRÓVNA). His daughter by his second marriage, 10 years old
  • NIKÍTA. Their laborer, 25 years old, fond of dress.
  • AKÍM. Nikíta's father, 50 years old, a plain-looking, God-fearing peasant.
  • MATRYÓNA. His wife and Nikíta's mother, 50 years old.
  • MARÍNA An orphan girl, 22 years old.
  • MARTHA. Peter's sister.
  • MÍTRITCH An old laborer, ex-soldier.
  • SIMON. Marína's husband.
  • BRIDEGROOM. Engaged to Akoulína.
  • IVÁN. His father.
  • A NEIGHBOR.
  • FIRST GIRL.
  • SECOND GIRL.
  • POLICE OFFICER.
  • DRIVER.
  • BEST MAN
  • MATCHMAKER.
  • VILLAGE ELDER.
  • VISITORS, WOMEN, GIRLS, AND PEOPLE come to see the wedding

N.B.--The "oven" mentioned is the usual large, brick, Russian baking-oven. The top of it outside is flat, so that more than one person can lie on it.


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