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Androcles and the Lion
G. B. Shaw

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ANDROCLES AND THE LION 

BERNARD SHAW 

1912 

PROLOGUE 

Overture; forest sounds, roaring of lions, Christian hymn
faintly. 

A jungle path.  A lion's roar, a melancholy suffering roar, comes
from the jungle.  It is repeated nearer.  The lion limps from the
jungle on three legs, holding up his right forepaw, in which a
huge thorn sticks.  He sits down and contemplates it.  He licks it.
He shakes it.  He tries to extract it by scraping it along the
ground, and hurts himself worse.  He roars piteously.  He licks it
again.  Tears drop from his eyes.  He limps painfully off the path
and lies down under the trees, exhausted with pain.  Heaving a

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