Oppenheim, lying to Simon,
tells him that Dave was ordered to Europe by the doctor
immediately, and that his daughter Rose went with him. He
also tells him that Rose said that he (Simon) would
understand. Simon is dazed and looks about him in despair.
Oppenheim takes the opportunity of slipping from the room as
Simon's back is turned. Simon faces about and realizing,
shouts after Oppenheim to tell him on what ship. Just then
Dave, who is in the next room, leaps from the bed in a
delirium and rushes into the room.
Seeing Dave, Simon sees
through Oppenheim's scheme and becomes frantic.
He is told by a niece of
Oppenheim, a good-hearted girl, who knowing all blurts out
the name of the ship and the pier.
Simon rushes from the house,
hails a taxi and urges the drive to drive at break neck
speed. He is driven frantic by the thought that the ship
will leave, and he begs the drive to increase his speed.
In the meantime Rose rushes
aboard the boat and starts a search for her Dave, the
ringing of the bell, the sound of the whistle, the hustling
of the crew to get the gangplank up, and the boat slowly
moves away to a chorus of good-byes and the waving of hats
Simon runs up the stairs of
the pier, just in time to see the boat move off. He shrieks
his daughter's name, crying for his daughter Rose, stretches
out his arms to the fast, disappearing boat, and he
collapses with a moan on the rail of the pair.
AT DR. EDELMAN'S IN GREENWICH
Five years later, Dr. Edleman
was waiting in his office in Greenwich Village for his
friend Dave, who was to be married this day to his betrothed
The couple coming into the
office insists that the doctor go with them to the marriage
bureau, and then to a wedding breakfast. The doctor excuses
himself and wishing them luck begs of them to go alone.
Mrs. Hodes, a neighbor of
Simon's, comes to see Dr. Edelman and tells him that she
thinks she saw Simon, Rose's father on the street, but the
change in him was so great that she doubts as to whether it
Dr. Edelman scoffs at her,
telling her that since the disappearance of Rose five years
ago, Simon vanished and was never seen or heard of.
Mrs. Hodes tells him that she
is almost sure that the man she saw was Somon, and that she
brought the man with her.
When the man is brought in,
Dr. Edelman is startled but recognizes the wreck of the man
before him as Simon the musician. An old hulk of a man,
broken and sick, dressed in rags, his snow-white hair long
and unkempt, his eyes stare about him with a frightened,
searching glass, his lips quivering and mumbling
unintelligible words. He recognizes no one but clutches the
faded, torn old dress that his Rose wore on that eventful
When Dr. Edelman addresses
him, his answers are vague, and he recounts a strange tale
of suffering and sorrow. He whispers that his baby, his Rose
is dead, that he has with him the dress, her dress that he
clutches, is his child's heart, beating next to his.
With tears in his eyes, Dr.
Edelman realizes that the derelict standing before him is
insane from the suffering and the loss of his child.
Simon retells the story of his
child's wedding, picturing it on that day five years ago in
the hushed, awed tones of the crazed father. He spreads the
faded old wedding gown on a table and kisses it, saying that
it is his Rose, his baby. He starts dancing wildly to an
imaginary wedding dance, and he collapses from his
Dr. Edelman and a nurse help
him into the next room as he sings a plaintive lullaby, his
own composition that Rose always sang and played.
Dr. Edelman is at a loss, not
knowing what to do for the poor old man.
Dr. Horowitz, a very intimate
friend of Dr. Edelman, comes in and tells him that as a
result of an investigation he made into a case of a woman in
a sanitarium of questionable repute, he discovered a very
interesting story. He tells of a woman being confined in
this sanitarium for five years, though she is perfectly
Dr. Edelman asks to know more
of the woman, and he is told that the woman knows him and
begged him to bring Dr. Horowitz here.
The woman coming in is
recognized as Rose. A different Rose, old -- sad eyes, with
suffering and pain shown on her once beaming face.
She begs of news of her father
and her husband.
Dr. Edelman is silent. he
cannot tell her of her poor insane father, or of her husband
who is about to be married.
Rose accepts his silence, as
an acknowledgement of her questions, and is broken-hearted.
She tells of her experience,
her search for Dave on the ship, her hearing her father's
voice, calling her from the pier. Then bitterly she tells of
her torture, five years of hell in the sanitarium, where she
was sent by her husband's father, that he was the one that
planned it all. She tells of her thoughts while there, of
her picturing of her husband's death, without her being near
him, of her father's death, and her seeing the solemn
The effect upon Rose of her
own story, results in her having a melancholy spell, she
cries bitterly while telling of her father's death and the
chant of the death prayer.
She is helped into the next
room by Dr. Horowitz and is told to lie down.
Dr. Edelman then tells Dr.
Horowitz briefly of Dave's proposed marriage to Lila, and
that he must stop the ceremony. He calls the court but is
told that the couple were already married, and that they had
Dave and Lila come back to
take the doctor to the wedding breakfast. Dr. Edelman
excited, asks of Lila to be excused, that he wants to talk
to Dave alone.
He then tells Dave that Rose
Dave, who has been told by his
father that Rose accepted a sum of money as a heart balm, is
bitter and doesn't want to see her.
He accuses her of coming back
to obtain more money.
Dr. Edelman then tells him of
Rose being confined in a sanitarium for five years by his
own father, and that everything he was told was a plot to
separate him from Rose and enable his father to lay hands on
the wealth of Lila Rich.
Knowing that he always loved
Rose and realizing that he is married not to another, Dave
begs to see her, to plead with her for forgiveness for the
wrong he did her.
Dr. Edelman brings in Rose,
and she runs to Dave, hugging him and kissing him, saying
that at last she has her Dave back again, and that they will
never be parted again.
Dave is in agony, and his
suffering causes him to blurt out the truth.
Rose is stunned at the
repetition of her misfortune.
She rants at Dave for
believing that she would accept money -- that he could even
think of her in that light. She becomes hysterical, raving
at him to give her back her heart that he took, that he is
the cause of her father's death. Her raving ceases when she
hears Simon's voice in the next room, crooning in a sad,
weary, plaintive tone, her lullaby.
She is then told of her father
being alive, and as Simon enters the room, the sight of her
father's plight makes her sad.
He fails to recognize her but
keeps mumbling the words of the lullaby.
Dr. Edelman suggests that
perhaps her singing of the lullaby will bring back her
Rose with her voice choked by
tears and her body wracked by sobs, -- slowly sings the
song, all the while gazing at her father, who stands there,
but does not recognize her.
She sings and slowly Simon
lifts his hand to his head. He is dazed; something seems to
be pounding at his head. He tears his hair, looks at Rose
who unable to sing any further, shrieks, "Father, Farther,
your Rose, your baby, speak to me."
Slowly Simon's eyes search her
face, and recognition dawns and with a cry -- "Rose --
my baby," and he clutches her to him.
SIX MONTHS LATER
Simon Wallerstein who has been
in a sanitarium recovering from his illness under the
personal care of Drs. Edelman and Horowitz -- is to come
Dave is completely broken up
over the suffering his father caused Rose and her father. He
has loved Rose all the time and is mad at the thought that
she is lost to him.
Lila, his wife, knowing of
Dave's love for Rose, is willing to sacrifice him and plans
a divorce to enable them to remarry.
Dave learns from Rose that
Simon will not for a moment consider Dave, and that he will
not consent to their remarrying.
Dave contemplates suicide and
is prevented from doing so by his mother who comes to plead
with Rose for her son's life.
Rose explains to Mrs.
Oppenheim, Dave's mother, that she will not and cannot do
anything against the wishes of her father, tearing to cause
him a relapse.
Simon's return from the
sanitarium is the cause of much rejoicing on the part of
Rose and his friends.
Dave, unable to keep away,
comes and throws himself at Simon's feet, begging for his
forgiveness. Simon turns him away. Glancing at Rose and
noticing the look on her face, and with a father's
intuition, realizing that she loves Dave, and that their
suffering only served to create a closer bond of love
between them, he forgives and forgets.
When Rose tells Simon that she
will abide by anything he will day or do, Simon beckons Dave
and Rose to him and gives his answer that now they will be
happy -- and happy they were.
-- written in story form by
Harry Gabel; from Max Gabel's successful play.