The Social Significance of Modern Drama

  title={The Social Significance of Modern Drama},
  author={Martha Kearns and Emma Goldman}
I will come to the point. In the revelation you will find: “God is love.” Yes, God is love; and that is the most beautiful trait of our religion — that the best, the most beautiful within us, has been granted us by Him above. Then how could I, this very evening, so overcome with feeling for my fellow — man — how could I pass Him by? Therefore, Mr. Brauer, no matter, whether pastor or layman, I must confess my inability to grant your wish, and decline to give you a genuine pagan toast — 
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          Look! I'll wear the flesh off my bones, but in pity spare me 1Mrs. Harte. And will you have no pity at all on us and on Owen here, that have slaved for you all our lives? Maurice
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          Maurice, listen to me -listen to me!
            Mother, don't make my cross harder to bear
              That's only foolish talk. Aren't you every bit as good as the next? Maurice. I may be, but I haven't a vocation… My mind is finally made up
                You'll go back, Maurice? The vocation will come to you in time with the help of God
                  You'll go back? 'Tis only a mistake?