Alfredo; a Tragedy.
- Verse drama (411 lines); dated September 14, 1918, as by “Beaumont and Fletcher” (i.e., John Fletcher [1579–1625] and Francis Beaumont [c. 1585–1616], the Jacobean dramatists). First published in DB.The play is a send-up of Alfred Galpin’s high school romances, written in the form of an Elizabethan tragedy. Alfredo (Galpin), the Prince Regent, yearns for Margarita (Margaret Abraham), but she claims to find him too studious for her “airy will”; nevertheless, she becomes jealous when she sees him spending much time studying with Hypatia. She and Hecatissa (an unattractive woman previously scorned by Alfredo) plot together to gain revenge. During the presentation of a play in which Alfredo and Hypatia, now engaged, act in the presence of King Rinarto (Rheinhart Kleiner), Alfredo and Hypatia drink from a goblet that has been poisoned by Hecatissa; they lie dying. In a rage, Gonzago perceives the trickery and kills Hecatissa; her father, Olero, kills Gonzago; Teobaldo (HPL), Alfredo’s tutor, kills Olero; Margarita kills Teobaldo; Alfredo, in his death throes, manages to stab and kill Margarita; Rinarto, in grief, drinks from the goblet and dies, leaving Mauricio (Maurice W.Moe), a Cardinal, to lament the tragedy and count his beads.
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