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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

35. Flossie Cabanis


FROM Bindle’s opera house in the village 
To Broadway is a great step. 
But I tried to take it, my ambition fired 
When sixteen years of age, 
Seeing “East Lynne” played here in the village         5
By Ralph Barrett, the coming 
Romantic actor, who enthralled my soul. 
True, I trailed back home, a broken failure, 
When Ralph disappeared in New York, 
Leaving me alone in the city—  10
But life broke him also. 
In all this place of silence 
There are no kindred spirits. 
How I wish Duse could stand amid the pathos 
Of these quiet fields  15
And read these words. 


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