The New Hawaiian girl; a play. 
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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RALPH (seizing her hand).
I will not go until I hear you say
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.
RALPH (exultantly).
Oh, it is Fate; and Fate we must obey.
                                     [Takes ring from his finger.
Let the ship go; but with my heart I stay.
[Attempts to place ring on GIRL'S finger.  She
wrenches her hand free, and stands with
both hands behind her as she speaks with
suppressed emotion.
The heart of every island girl on earth.
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 Wilcox
Illus. by John Prendergast.
London, Gay & Hancock, 1910.
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