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Along the Pasig

A Play in One Act
by José Rizal

CHARACTERS:
Leonido
Candido
Pascual
Satan
Angel
Children’s Chorus
Devil’s Chorus

The action takes place along the Pasig River, in the town of the same name. The backdrop should show the river and the bank opposite to that on which are the actors. The church, houses, cane-fields, and a profusion of banners and other decorations common in the towns of this archipelago should be pictured. It is the hour of dawn, and consequently the lighting of the scene should be subdued.

FIRST SCENE

(Candido, Pascual, and other children. One of them carries flowers; the others have pennants and toys suitable for children.)

Chorus

Pretty Pasig, pretty river,
Wear your best bouquets,
Happy morning, dawning, give her
All our brightest rays.
Clear and cloudless skies above her,
Pink with dawn her cheek,
All who see her now must love her
All who beauty seek.

Here the river gives in beauty
Peace of heart and mind,
He the soul beset with duty
Happiness may find.
Candido

What a beautiful morning! The flowers look fresh at dawn! Listen to the bamboo along the river, and to that little bird singing! Everything is so pretty it makes me feel wonderful.
Don’t you feel it too?
Don’t you feel that everyone is happy because the Virgin is coming by today? [02]

All

No doubt about it!

Pascual

The whole town is excited. The coming of the Virgin has made them so happy that they are dancing around with joy. All the streets are decorated and everyone, young and old, has gone out to watch Her pass buy.

First Boy

That’s true, Pascual. I believe it.
The people cannot wait to hang up pennants and flags.

Second Boy

I am going to give the Virgin this basket of flowers.

First Boy

Let me see! (With contempt) That isn’t much.
At home I have a cage with birds of different colors,
you should hear them sing.
That is what I shall give Her when She passes by.

Third Boy

Little Birds! How silly! (Boastfully) I’ve got firecrackers.

First Boy

Go on! That’s for scaring people.

Third Boy

Are you scared?

First Boy

I? No

Pascual

I have a flute at home. (All laugh) What is strange about that? I do have it, and I shall play it too. You know my father has taught me to play different tunes, pretty, very pretty. I shall play them; you shall see.

Second Boy

My flowers will be better.

Pascual

My flute.

First Boy

You are both crazy. My bird-cage is better.

Third Boy

No, my firecrackers are better.

First Boy

No, sir.

Third Boy

Yes, sir.

First Boy

Stupid!

Third Boy

That silly bird-cage is worthless.

First Boy

Your firecrackers are worse.

Candido

Come, friends, do not quarrel. Each gift is good, but let me ask you one thing. Listen to me, and let us do what I say. Let us decorate a banca with banners and pennants of different colors and let us paddle slowly along the river in it. You shall bring your flowers; and you, the bird-cage; and you, the firecrackers. This one can play his flute; and so we shall go along the river until we meet Our Lady. [03] What do you think?

All

Good, very good.

Third Boy

Nothing better.

First Boy

Let us go look for the banca.

Candido

Hat is what I say too. (Ready to go) But wait. Where is Leonido?

Pascual

That is right. Where did he go?

Second Boy

Where could he have gone?

Third Boy

I do not know.

Candido

Well, then, let us look for him first.
Let us leave the banca for later; it does not matter.
Right now we lack the most important thing, for we do not have our leader.

First Boy

Let us look for him.

Candido

Right now. Without him, nothing can be done.

Third Boy

We shall find him even if we have...
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