Well, there's your band; and, since you are so kind
GIRL (laughingly, as she hangs leis about his neck).
To purchase all my flowers, I've half a mind
To favour you with, not the Hula, sir,
But something more refined, and prettier.
I'll teach it to you; ask the band out there
To play the Hula Kui dancing air;
Then follow all I do, and copy me.
This is the way it starts. Now, one, two, three.
Girl, tho' I do not even know your name,
[After the dance ends, RALPH approaches the
GIRL with tense face, and speaks with
Yet here I stand, and offer you my own;
It was for you I came, for you alone
Across the half-world. I have never known
Forgetfulness since first your face I saw.
In coming here I but obeyed Love's law.
I thought it fancy, passion, or caprice;
I know now it is Love.
I pray you, cease;
FLOWER-GIRL (with emotion).
You do not understand yourself; go, go.
[Urges him towards Exit.
The New Hawaiian girl; a play. By Ella Wheeler
Illus. by John Prendergast.
London, Gay & Hancock, 1910.