I will not go until I hear you say
RALPH (seizing her hand).
That you remember, even as I do,
That brief encounter on the street one day.
[FLOWER-GIRL turns her face away and tried
to free her hand.
Oh, it is Fate; and Fate we must obey.
[Takes ring from his finger.
Let the ship go; but with my heart I stay.
The heart of every island girl on earth.
[Attempts to place ring on GIRL'S finger. She
wrenches her hand free, and stands with
both hands behind her as she speaks with
I think, hides one sweet dream, and it is this:
To one day meet a man of higher birth--
To win his heart--to feel his tender kiss--
And sail with him to some far-distant land.
This, too, has been my dream; wherein your face
Shone like a beacon.
[Repels RALPH as he starts forward.
But I know your race
Too well, too well. I know how such dreams end.
You could not claim me in your land, my friend,
For colour prejudice is rampant there.
The New Hawaiian girl; a play. By Ella Wheeler
Illus. by John Prendergast.
London, Gay & Hancock, 1910.