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.
hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
officer of the court employed to execute writs and processes
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
(They are carrying a rolled-up
show, express or direct through movement
gestures “hello" to the others.)
a person who is not intelligent or interested in culture
They are colorful small town citizens, but not caricatured
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
(She sniffs) That’s all right, I suppose, for them as likes havin’ a
privy practically in the bedroom!
a person who believes in Darwinian theory
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?
lawyers for the state putting the case against the defendant
Have you come to testify for the defense or for the
an association of states 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 revisions to
AMEND THE CONSTITUTION — PROHIBIT DARWIN
someone from whom you are descended
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 person
Just you and the
a local district having 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 to vote
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 officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines
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, 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 at which guests help themselves
So the members of our Ladies’ Aid have prepared a
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles
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
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, 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 the existence of God is unknowable
Henry Drummond, the
in a joyous, carefree, or unconcerned manner
Blithely, HORNBECK reaches across the picnic table and chooses a drumstick.
a person whose religious beliefs conflict with church dogma
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.
having a rank smell or taste
I may be
believing the worst of human nature and motives
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.