to Morning: A Tragedy in Five Acts
play has no historical foundation. It is set in a remote
period anterior to Christianity. But its theme is plainly
modern, and deals with the tremendous problems of modern
society. The belief in God and a larger hope, as vitally
affecting man’s whole life, actions and ideals
here, is the central problem of the play. The question,
“Is the worldly cynic right or wrong in his summing
up of human nature?” is destined finally to settle
the fate of our whole modern civilization.
Without the feeling of
the wide sky overhead there could never be the comfort
of the sheltering human roof; and without the larger
belief, centring in the idea of God, there can be no
hope for the stability of human ethics and institutions.
Then, which ideal is to prevail in society, that of
the cynic or that of faith and hope—Vulpinus or
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