the part of a scene that is near the viewer
foreground is the actual courtroom, with jury box, judge’s bench and a scattering of trial-scarred chairs and counsel tables.
come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
It is important to the concept of the play that the town is visible always,
looming there, as much on trial as the individual defendant.
unsettled in mind or opinion
an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.
a person authorized to conduct religious worship
Ain’t a very proper place for a
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
saunters across the square.
provide a service or favor for someone
STOREKEEPER I bet the Devil ain’t so
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
The REVEREND JEREMIAH BROWN, a
gaunt, thin-lipped man, strides on.
frown with displeasure
He looks around,
a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
(They are carrying a rolled-up
show, express or direct through movement
gestures “hello" to the others.)
a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
They are colorful small town citizens, but not caricatured
(music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
BOLLINGER toots a ragged
a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
He sets up shop between the hot dogs and the lemonade, with a
placard reading: “WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?”
He is a newspaperman in his middle thirties, who
sneers politely at everything, including himself.
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
His clothes—those of a sophisticated city-dweller—contrast sharply with the
attire of the townspeople.
unshaken in purpose
a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
(She sniffs) That’s all right, I suppose, for them as likes havin’ a
privy practically in the bedroom!
a person who believes in organic evolution
Are you an
a person who does not acknowledge your god
the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
Have you come to testify for the
defense or for the prosecution?
the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
Have you come to testify for the defense or for the
an association of states or organizations or individuals for common action
All the members of the Bible
League, get ready!
a step in walking or running
tread has the thunder of the legions of the Lion-Hearted!
a vast multitude
Whose tread has the thunder of the
legions of the Lion-Hearted!
added to or made greater in amount or number or strength
The crowd surges back,
augmented, in a jubilant parade.
full of high-spirited delight
The crowd surges back, augmented, in a
make amendments to
AMEND THE CONSTITUTION — PROHIBIT DARWIN
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
ANCESTORS AIN’T APES!
the male head of family or tribe
He basks in the cheers and the excitement, like a
patriarch surrounded by his children.
an act passed by a legislative body
I have come because what has happened in a schoolroom of your town has unloosed a wicked attack from the big cities of the North!—an attack upon the law which you have so wisely placed among the
statutes of this state.
any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group
I am here to defend that which is most precious in the hearts of all of us: the Living Truth of the
an important or influential (and often overbearing) person
Just you and the
an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
Mr. Matthew Harrison Brady, this
municipality is proud to have within its city limits the warrior who has always fought for us ordinary people.
a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment
The lady folks of this town wouldn’t have the vote if it wasn’t for you, fightin’ to give ’em all that
a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
In conclusion, the Governor of our state has vested in me the authority to confer upon you a commission as Honorary
Colonel in the State Militia.
civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
In conclusion, the Governor of our state has vested in me the authority to confer upon you a commission as Honorary Colonel in the State
a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
So the members of our Ladies’ Aid have prepared a
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
Some of the townspeople, at BROWN’S direction, carry on a long picnic table, loaded with foodstuffs, potato salad, fried turkey, pickled fruits, cold meats and all the picnic
the food served and eaten at one time
He beams, and moistens his lips) Ahhhh, what a handsome
blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
To test the steel of our Truth against the
blasphemies of Science!
a doctrine that is taught
I’m sure you teach according to the
precepts of the Lord.
not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
Has Mr. Cates ever tried to pollute your mind with his
a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
Has Mr. Cates ever tried to pollute your mind with his heathen
impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
BRADY moves her upstage and their conversation continues,
inaudible to us.
greatest in status or authority or power
sovereign state determined to indict the sovereign mind of a less-than- sovereign schoolteacher, my editors decided there was more than a headline here.
accuse formally of a crime
When this sovereign state determined to
indict the sovereign mind of a less-than-sovereign schoolteacher, my editors decided there was more than a headline here.
a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
Henry Drummond, the
in a joyous manner
Blithely, HORNBECK reaches across the picnic table and chooses a drumstick.
a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
He looks at the ring of faces, which have been disturbed by BROWN’S description of the
the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
fervor) The whole world will be watching our victory over Drummond.
a noisy fight
I’m scouting myself an observation post to watch the
a cruel and brutal fellow
Hooligan, Barney Google, Abe Kabibble.
(used of decomposing oils or fats) having a rank smell or taste usually due to a chemical change or decomposition
I may be
believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others
doubt about the truth of something
HORNBECK (With a genuine
a remote and undeveloped area
When Brady was the hero of the
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
ominous shadow appears across the buildings, cast from a figure approaching off stage.