The New Hawaiian girl; a play. 
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Blossoms to brighten your room;
Leis, leis, royal leis, who buys?
 
                   [RALPH leans forward and says aside,
Eve and the serpent meet in Paradise.
          [He moves forward as the maid enters the
doorway.  Recognition shows in both faces.
Then the maiden recovers her self-posses-
sion and starts to go.
 
RALPH (with sudden boldness and excitement).
I'll buy you out, in case you then are free
To stay awhile beneath this banyan tree,
And tell me all about your lovely land.
 
FLOWER-GIRL (with dignity)
Your pardon, sir; I do not understand.
 
RALPH (who seems drunk with exhilaration).
Oh well, 'tis plain enough; from realms of snow
I landed here, some little time ago,
A lonely orphan, without kith or kin.
I need a friend.
           [FLOWER-GIRL gives him an indignant, sur-
prised glance.  Then speaks with quiet
sarcasm.
      Well, they will take you in
On Hotel Street.  The Y.M.C.A. there
Shelters all homeless youths within its pale.

The New Hawaiian girl; a play. By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Illus. by John Prendergast.
London, Gay & Hancock, 1910.
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