THE BOTTLE IMP By Robert Louis Stevenson Adapted for Siren FM By Dylan Roys Characters Michael Lisa Tim German Old man Young man 1. Narrator Michael wanted a lot… perhaps he wanted too much Sound of for the time. He wanted a job, he wanted a house and engine he wanted respect. He was strong and at school he and water had wanted to be bricklayer but this was 1981 and no one wanted apprentice bricklayers. But he was on a scheme. £23.50 every week in his hand and for 6 months he plied his trade on the Trent moving sand and gravel up and down, up and down. The big barges meandered their way as he meandered his way on his moped to work and as his life meandered its way with the goal behind this bend or that but never the next. City Each day blended with the next until Saturday when Michael visited the city. Each weekend he looked in the jobcentre window found nothing and then bought fish and chips 2. Narrator In the city there is one hill with Big houses, Georgian City fronted, many rooms. Michael was taking a walk eating with his fish, and pushing the last of his cooling chips with Foot the wooden fork, and as he stopped to admire one steps particularly beautiful house. He saw at the window a man was looking at him. The man beckoned to Michael and met him at the door. Distant knock on window 3. Man You like my house? This is a fine house of mine. Quiet city Would you like to look around? Don’t worry your perfectly safe and I am old what harm could I do. 4. Michael I certainly would I have often wondered what it was like Inside inside. large house footsteps door 5.Narrator So the man led Michael around the house, from the Indistinct stocked wine cellar to the many bedrooms and all the talking way to the attacks in the roof. From the back rooms he with could see the cathedral and from the front the whole of walking the city opened up before him. footsteps 6.Michael Truly this is a beautiful house. If I lived in the like of it, I Walking should be laughing all day long but you seem sad. footsteps inside 7.Man Mmmm…There is no reason why you shouldn’t have a Clock sfx house similar to this and better. You have some Larger money, I suppose? room 8.Michael (Laughing) I have fifteen pounds. 9.Man A pity you have no more, you may wish you had in the years to come; but I shall sell it at fifteen pounds. 10.Michael The house? 11.Man Sit down……not the house, but this bottle. I must tell Chair you, although I appear to you so rich and fortunate, all pushed this came out of this bottle. and sit down sfx Push bottle along table 12.Michael (Nervous laughing) Out of that bottle? 13.Man You don’t believe me? Then see if you can break it. 14.Narrator Michael took the bottle and threw it to the floor……….. Chair 6 times he threw it but it bounced and would not break. pushed Plastic bottle bropped on wood floor 15.Michael But it feels and looks like glass. Tapping glass bottle 16.Man It is glass….. but glass that was blown in the flames of Slight hell. An imp lives in it. Look close and now you will see reverb his shadow. 17.Man If you buy this bottle, the imp is at your command. All Close mic that you desires, - - love, fame, money, a house like this house or a city like this city. But once it is sold, the power goes and the protection. Unless you remain content with what you have no good will come your way. . 18.Michael And yet you want to sell it. You must think I’m a fool to Close mic believe there’s not a catch. 19.Man I have all I wish, and I am old. There is one thing the Close mic imp cannot do, - he cannot stave off death. And I must tell you there is a drawback to the bottle, for I die before I sell it, I will burn in hell for ever. 20.Michael That’s one big drawback. I would not care to mess Close mic about with evil. 21.Man Don’t be afraid. All you have to do is use the power of Close mic the imp in moderation, and then sell it to someone else, as I do to you, and finish your life in comfort. 22.Michael Two things. One you are sad. The other that you sell Close mic this bottle very cheap 23.Man I’m because I fear my health is breaking up, and to die Close mic and go to the devil is sadness enough. As for why I sell so cheap, long ago, when the devil brought it to earth it was sold for many millions of Darics to Darius king of Persia, but cannot be given away it must be sold and sold at a loss. If you sell it for as much as you paid for it, back it comes to you again. It follows that the price has kept falling in all these centuries. The price I paid was only ninety pounds. I could sell it for as high as 89 pounds and 99 pence, but not a penny dearer, or back the thing must come to me. 24.Michael As if! How am I to know all this is true? (moves away) 25.Man Give me your 15 pounds, take the bottle, and wish your 15 pounds back in your pocket. (Slightly raised voice) 26.Michael Well, I will risk that much, for that can do not harm. 27narrator And Michael exchanged his 15 pounds for the bottle. Notes (counts out money) and coins placed on 5 – 10 11,12,13,14,15 pounds were placed on the wooden table table 28.Michael Right lets see if I’ve been made the fool…….(slightly Bottle raised voice, rather grand) Imp of the bottle, give me taken my 15 pounds back. from table 29.Man Now put your hand in your pocket. 30.Michael (Counts out money - surprised) 5 – 10 11,12,13,14,15 Notes and coins It's true! My 15 pounds have returned. placed on wooden table take 2 31.Man And now there is the door goodbye , and the devil go with you! 32.Michael Hold on. I don't want any more of this business. Here, Bottle on take your bottle back. table 33.Man You have bought it for less than I paid for it. It is yours now. Door shuts 34.Narrator Now, when Michael was in the street, with the bottle City sfx under his arm, he began to think. 35.Michael If all is true about this bottle, I may have made a losing bargain. 36. Narrator So Michael set the bottle in the gutter and walked Walking away. Twice he looked back, and there was the milky, City on round-bellied bottle where he had left it. A third time he pavement looked back something knocked upon his elbow...... 37.Narrator .... and behold! It was the long neck of the bottle sticking up from the pocket of his coat. Coat 38.Michael How can I get rid of this thing? 39.Narrator Then Michael bought a corkscrew and tried to draw the Shop cork, but however many times he tried the cork was as door… whole as ever. mumbled words thankyou 40.Michael This bottle is cursed. (Effort and anger) Cork screwing then thrown on table 41.Narrator And Michael began to be afraid. So he took the bottle Indistinct to a Antique shop in the city where the owner saw it shop was very old and very rare and there he sold it for 10 sounds pounds and returned home glad that he had only lost 5 and pounds in the sale. But when he got home there was talking the bottle, which had returned more quickly than himself. Now Michael had a friend whose name was Tim. Pub 42.Tim Cheers… so what’s a matter with you; I’ve never seen Pub sfx you looking so down. 43.Narrator Michael bound him to secrecy and told him all. Michael talking blends up to next line 44.Michael And the money was in back in my pocket but it’s a frightening thing so I tried to leave it on the side of the road And now I have sold the bottle for less than I paid for it, yet it’s still come back to me. 45.Tim Mmmm did not warn the man that you sold it to, of the conditions of sale and the risk that he ran. 46.Michael Can that be the reason? 47.Tim The devil’s got his own morals, and the bottle has its own rules. 48.Michael What shall I do? 49.Tim Take your profit- Make up your mind what you want and give the order then I’ll buy the bottle from you for myself. I have a wild idea to get a Yacht and go sailing in the Med. Not much hope at the moment but with that bottle. 50.Michael My idea is to have a beautiful house and garden on the Both coast, where I was born, and to live there without a laugh care and to have cars and a swimming pool and have lots and lots or girls! 51.Narrator With that settled they were agreed but the day after Outside they met a friend, who said how sorry he was for Michael’s loss. 52.Michael What’s happened? 53.Friend Is it possible you’ve not heard? Your uncle is dead, and his son also. They were both drowned fishing from their boat…. a mystery…a calm sea, a solid boat and 2 good sailors. 54.Tim I’m really sorry Michael. Didn’t they live on the coast and have a quiet a bit of land? 55.Michael Yes, a lot of land overlooking the sea. 56.Tim This land will be yours now. 57.Michael You don’t think.. no. It is a very ill way to serve me by killing my relatives. But it was just such a place that I saw the house with my mind's eye. 58.Narrator Now the estate was in the hands of a lawyer, who told Inside Michael that his uncle’s wealth had grown massively in lawyers the last days. He had shares which had grown in value office after his death. Lawyer talking 59.Narrator And the lawyer was ready with advice 60.Lawyer And finally If you are thinking of a new house, here is the card of an architect, of whom they tell me great things. 61.Narrator So they went to the architect, who had a drawing of a Papers house on his table, and when Michael saw this he shuffled cried out aloud. 62.Michael This is exactly what I imagined even detail exactly drawn. I’m not happy with the way it’s come to me but it’s quite clear that I am to have this house, even if It comes from the devil. But of one thing I am sure, I will make no more wishes as long as I have this bottle. I may as well take the good along with the evil. But one last request to have someone to guard and guide me if I’m lost and to save me if I am too close to the edge for this is a shock I’m sure I’ll never recover from. 63.Narrator So with the money Michael and Tim took a cruise to Gates. the Caribbean and when they returned the house was ready. It stood overlooking the sea. Behind in the Walk on grounds was a golf course, landscaped gardens, an gravel outdoor and indoor pool and a garage for many cars path and there was an orchard. The 12 bedrooms all had views of the sea with balconies and in one wing rooms Door for servants. unlocked The building stood back from a private area of beach Walk in with a boat for fishing and dunes planted with grasses house protecting the house from the storm in winter. 64.Tim Well, is it all as you designed? 65.Michael It is better than I dreamed…. every thought and idea all now built and those feature I only now realise I wanted. 66.Tim There is one thing to consider. All this may be quite natural, and the bottle imp have nothing whatsoever to do with it. 67.Michael I have sworn I would ask no more favours of the imp. I have already gone deep enough. 68.Michael Very well. I have a curiosity myself. So come, let us Shakes have a look at you, Mr Imp. bottle with liquid 69.Narrator Now as soon as that was said, the imp looked out of the milky depths of the bottle, and disappeared again, swift as a lizard. 70.Tim Well, I shall get my yacht and a pound or two for my pocket, and then I will be rid of this devil as fast as I can. For to tell the plain truth, the look of him has cast me down. 71.Narrator So Tim paid his money, took the bottle and went off to search for his yacht, and Michael relieved stared after him. Still ashen from his brush with the devil. 72.Michael Now I pray for my friend, and thank God that I myself am escaped out of that trouble. 73.Narrator The new house which he called the Bright House was so delightful that Michael soon forgot his terrors and lived with his money a life of joy. More than joy for Fade into while some would have been satisfied with their pubs and escape from hell Michael embraced excess. And all then that 1982 and money could supply Michael wanted and more. Club music from 80’s 74.Narrator The young man with out a care in the world and cash to spend liked to club and party. Sex and drugs are such small words for the fringes of life where the hell which Michael had so soon forgotten watched from the shadows. Golden brown texture like sun Lays me down with my mind she runs Ant music Throughout the night 120 No need to fight Never a frown with Golden Brown And there to save him from a different kind of white wedding the strobe light ultraviolet as she moved on the dance floor. Her red hair waved at 120 beats per minute and his heart tried to match. 75.Michael I thought I knew everyone in this in the clubs. 75.Lisa I am Lisa, I’m from Nottingham on holiday? You? 76.Michael I’m Michael… Are here with anyone? 77. Lisa (LAUGHS) Why do you ask? Are here with anyone yourself? 77. Michael I ‘m not, But there is the plain truth. I have met you Lisa here, and I saw it in your eyes. The music’s great do laughs, you want a drink……shall we go to the bar embarras sed. Michael and Lisa talking fade under narrator 78. Narrator Now we skip a while for the romance between Michael Seascape and Lisa stretched out across the summer warm days and warmer nights and Michael was happy for he knew at last of the imp had delivered his last wish and they fell in love to the sounds of the sea 79.Michael Lisa, I was afraid when we first met to show you I had so fine a house, and I feared you would think too much of the house and too little of the man. 80.Lisa No you have money there is no mistake but I have something which is deeper than that for I see a fear in your eyes when I leave and it calms when we are together. 81.Narrator Michael was happy when he came home to the Bright In house House. His servant brought him the post Footsteps Tearing of envelope 82.Servent Sir, is all well with you? 83.Michael Yes. Leave me please. 84.Narrator But there was no more singing in the Bright House. Now, the truth of it was this: Michael received in the post the results of a test, a medical test. He had been feeling Ill and although he thought the imp gone there is no good to be had without a price. The test was positive. His life when he was open to the excesses of money left no room to repent. He was HIV positive. 85.Michael What wrong have I done, what sin lies upon my soul, that I should have encountered Lisa only to lose her, and infect her as well. How can I tell her and then never wed, or touch with my loving hand. The one true good thing from the devils bottle. 86.Narrator That night he could not sleep, and in the night he thought of the bottle. 87.Michael A dreadful thing is the bottle, and dreadful is the imp, Close mic and it is a dreadful thing to risk the flames of hell. But what other hope have I to cure my sickness or marry Lisa? How could I bargain with the devil once, only to get a house, and not face him again to win Lisa? I must go and see Tim. For the best hope I have now is to find that same bottle I was so pleased to be rid of. 88.Narrator The very next day, Michael flew to Greece and on to Greek the islands to find Tim. island sounds 89.Michael Tim good to see you. You look well and look at all you have? 90.Tim I am very, well life is good, the wine flows and I smile at my good fortune each day. 91.Michael So has the imp of the bottle given you all you wished? 92.Tim All and more. The finest yacht in the islands, and a house in Mykonos. Money too. I am content. 93.Michael So you have no further use for the bottle or the imp? 94.Tim No more, thank God. 95.Michael Then I shall ask you to sell it back to me. 96.Narrator And Michael explained what had come to pass, and Tim grieved. 97.Tim But I have sold the bottle long since now. 98.Narrator And he named the man's name, and Michael went to Busy search for him, but he too had sold the bottle. And for street many days, Michael travelled through the islands finding everywhere new villas and boats, fast cars and men every where in great contentment, although, to be sure, when he told them of his business, their faces would cloud over. 99.Michael No doubt I am on right track. All this wealth is the gift Party of the imp, and these glad faces are those of men who have taken their profit and got rid of the cursed thing. When I see pale cheeks and hear sighing, then I shall know I am near my quarry 100.Narrator At last he came to a fine new house, and when he saw Knock on the owner, a shock of hope and fear ran through door Michael; for here was a young man, white as a corpse, and black about the eyes, and the look of a man waiting for death around every corner. And Michael knew that with this man he had no need for hints and subtlety. 101.Michael I am come to buy the bottle 102.Youngman (GASPS then speaks quietly almost a whisper) The bottle! To buy the bottle! 103.Michael What’s your price? 104.Youngman (speaks quietly almost a whisper) You do not know the price? 105.Michael It is for that I am asking you. 106.Youngman Come over to the table away from the open window Footsteps my family is in the garden……... It has dropped a great on stone deal in value. floor. 107.Michael Well, well, I shall have to pay the less for it. How much did it cost you? 108.Youngman Two pence English money 109.Michael What! Two pence! Why, then you can only sell it for one. And he who buys it ...... 110.Narrator The words died upon Michael's tongue. He who bought it could never sell it again, the bottle and the bottle imp must abide with him until he died, and he must carry that bottle with him to hell. 111. Youngman For God's sake, buy it! You can have all my fortune into the bargain. I was mad when I bought it at that price. I had embezzled money at my store. I would have gone to jail. 112.Michael Poor creature, you would risk your soul to avoid jail and disgrace; and you think I could hesitate with love to spur me on? Give me the bottle, Here is a 1 pence piece. 113.Narrator The bottle changed hands, and Michael's fingers were Wedding no sooner clasped round it than he breathed his wish sfx and to be a free man and that Lisa was although she was music not aware of it free as well. And sure enough, when he got the test results from the clinic the doctors could not believe the miracle and declared that there was a fault with the first test and apologised for their mistake. And so he returned to the Bright House and in a church close by he was married to Lisa the one he had wished long ago to guard and guide him and the save him when all was lost. But that simple wish was at the back of his mind now for there was no saving him from what he must face. 114.Narrator When they were together, Michael's heart was calm; Fade out but as soon as he was alone he fell into a brooding wedding horror and heard the flames crackle and saw the red fire burn in the bottomless pit. As for Lisa, at first she was full of joy to be married to Michael, but after a little Fade in while Michael’s sadness weighed her down, and then Lisa there came a day when Michael found her on the crying balcony overlooking the sea weeping. 115.Michael You do well to weep in this house, Lisa. And yet I would give the head off my body that you, at least, might have been happy. 116.Lisa (sobbing) Happy! Michael, when you lived alone you were a happy man. Then you married poor Lisa. I thought I was pretty, and I knew I loved you. What ails me, that I throw this cloud upon my husband? 117.Michael Poor Lisa! And I had thought all this while to spare you! Well, you shall know all. 118.Narrator With that, he told her all, even from the beginning. 119.Lisa No man can be lost because he loved Lisa. I tell you, Michael, I shall save you with these hands, or perish in your company. You loved me and gave your soul, and you think I will not die to save you in return? 120.Michael Ah, my dear, you might die a hundred times, and what difference would that make? Except to leave me lonely till the time comes for my damnation. 121.Lisa And I tell you I shall save my husband. What is this you say about a penny? But all the world is not England. In France they have a small coin they call a centime, and these go two or more to the penny or thereabout. We could not do better, let us go to the France; There the bottle can be sold for four centimes or three or two or one; four possible sales to make, and the two of us to push the bargain. Lisa will defend you. 122.Michael Lisa, you are a gift of god! I put my life and my Ship and salvation in your hands. train announce ment in French 123.Narrator So they went to Dover and from there Calais and from Sound of there Toulouse, and they rented a house and by exchange calling on the imp, they made a great parade of money in French to make themselves conspicuous. They began to push the bottle. But was not easy. People either laughed at the notion, or they drew away when they learned of the damnation that awaited. Try as they might, they could not rid themselves of the bottle. 124.Narrator One night, Lisa awoke and found that Michael was gone. She felt in the bed and his place was cold. She looked forth into the moonlit yard. There under a tree Distant lay Michael crying. Michael sobbing 125.Lisa Heaven! now have I clearly seen my duty. A love for a love, and let mine be equalled with Michael's! A soul for a soul. 126.Narrator She dressed and went to the poorest part of Toulouse. Walking The town slept, and she knew where to go to find what on stone she wanted…..she heard one coughing. pavement in dark Rasping coughing 127.Lisa Old man, what do you do here in the cold night? Close mic 128.Old Man I am a poor man and I have nowhere to rest my head. 129.Lisa Will you do me a favour? As one stranger to another. Close mic 130.Old Man Ah, But I have heard of you and what you offer and the wickedness and how you seek to entrap me. 131.Lisa Don’t worry old man. Let me sit down here with you in Close mic this doorway and let me tell you a tale. 132.Narrator And she told him the story of Michael from beginning Lisa to end. talking about the story 133.Lisa And now I am his wife, whom he bought with his soul. But I was meant to his saviour. If I went to him myself and offered to buy the bottle he would refuse. But if you go, he will sell it eagerly. I will wait here while you will buy it for four centimes, and I will buy it again for 3. And the Lord forgive and protect me! 134.Old Man If you’re lying to me, I think God will strike you dead. 135.Lisa He will! Be sure he will! I could not be so treacherous. 136.Old Man Give me 4 centimes and await me here. Small amount of money chinks 137.Narrator Now, as Lisa waited in the street, her spirit died. The Wind in wind blew the trees in the avenue and it seemed to her trees the rushing of the flames of hell. 138.Narrator Then she saw the old man returning, and he had the Foot bottle in his hand steps 139. Old Man I have done what you asked. I left your husband weeping like a child but tonight he will sleep easy. 140.Lisa Before you give me the bottle, take the good with the evil, - ask to be delivered from your cough and for money and a house with a bed to rest. 141.Old Man (Cough) I am an old man and too near the grave take favour from the devil. Let me keep the bottle. I am old, and can never more be happy in this world, and as for the next ….. 142.Lisa Give it to me! There is your money. Do you think I am so base as that? Give me the bottle! 143.Narrator Lisa returned to the house, where she found Michael asleep and content. 144.Lisa Now, my husband, it is your turn to sleep. When you whispers wake, all will be well with your life. But for poor Lisa, alas! No more smiles, whether in earth or heaven. 145.Narrator Late in the morning her husband woke her and gave Michael her the good news. He seemed so overjoyed he paid talk no notice of her distress. excitedly 146.Michael A worthy old man he seemed. But no one can judge by appearances- Who knows what the old alkie spent on the booze and it free must have turned his mind 147.Lisa (HUMBLY) My husband, his purpose may have been good. 148.Michael (LAUGHS ANGRILY) An old soak, I tell you; The bottle was hard enough to sell at 4 centimes, and at 3 it will be quite impossible. The margin is not wide enough the thing begins to smell of scorching. Whoever had that bottle now will carry it to the pit. 149.Lisa Is it not a terrible thing to save oneself by the eternal ruin of another? I pray for the poor holder. 150.Michael (bitter) You may be filled with sadness but you don’t have a thought for me at all. 151.Lisa I am ill and down. Excuse me. I am out of sorts. 152.Narrator Michael had more anger than ever because he thought she was brooding over the fate of the old man when she should have been happy for him. 153.Michael Your husband is just saved from eternal ruin, which he encountered for the love of you - and you are not happy! 154.Narrator Out he went furious, and wandered in the town and began drinking. Bar room SFX 155.Narrator Now there was an old German drinking with him. He had a low mind and a foul mouth. He loved to drink and to see others drunken, and he pressed drink upon Michael not that it took to much to press and soon their pockets were empty. 156.German Here, you! You're always saying you are rich. You have a trick bottle or some foolishness. 157.Michael Yes, I am rich. I will go back and get some money from my wife, who looks after it. 158.German That's a bad idea. Never trust a woman with money. They're all false and after you cash… You keep an eye on your wealth and an eye on her she’ll do away and take your money for her lover. 159.Narrator Now this stuck in Michael's mind, for he was muddled with drink. 160.Michael I should not wonder indeed. Why else should she be so down at my deliverance? But I will show her I am not a man to be fooled. I will catch her in the act. 161.Narrator And so, when Michael got back to his house he crept very quietly in and there he saw Lisa and before her was a milk- white bottle with a round belly and a long neck, and she wept. For a long time Michael stood and looked in the doorway. He was fearful that the bargain had been made was void and the bottle had come back to him again and then he had another thought, even more terrible. 162.Michael I must make sure of this. 163.Narrator So he quietly crept out of the house, and then came Enter noisily in and by the time he opened the door, no bottle house was to be seen, and Lisa sat in a chair, and started up, noisily like one awakened out of sleep. Lisa exclaims 164.Michael (drunkenly) I have been drinking with good companions, and now I have only come back for money, and will return to drink and with them again. 164.Narrator And he went straight to the safe and took out money. But there was no bottle there and he knew that Lisa had bought it and hidden it from him 166.Michael Lisa, I said to you today what ill became me. Now I return to drink with my jolly companions. (LAUGHS QUIETLY) I will be happier if you forgive me. 167. Lisa Of course, I ask but a kind word! 169.Michael Let us never again think badly of each other. 170.Narrator At the corner, by the bar, the old German was waiting. Walking to bar Bar room SFX 171.Michael My wife has the bottle, and unless you help me recover it, there can be no more money and no more liquor tonight. 172.German You don't mean to say you're serious about that damn bottle? 173.Michael Do I look as if I was jesting? 174.German No. You look as serious as a ghost. 175.Michael Well, then, here are 2 centimes. You just go to my wife in the house and offer her these for the bottle, which, I am quite sure, she will give you instantly. Bring it to me here and I will buy it back from you for 1 centime. It’s the law with this bottle, that it still must be sold for a less sum. But whatever you do, never breathe a word to her that you have come from me. As soon as you are clear of the house, wish to have your pocket full of money, or a bottle of the best rum, or what you please, and you will see the virtue of the thing. 176.Narrator So the man went off up the avenue. It seemed a long time that Michael waited before he heard him return. He had the devil's bottle in one hand and a bottle of rum in the other. Drunker singing in German 177.Michael You have it, then. 178.German and money in my pocket. 179.Michael Then I will buy the bottle back from you. 180.German (laughing)Buy it back? 181.Michael Here is the one centime as we agreed. 182.German Do you take me for a fool? 183.Michael You would be a fool not to rid yourself of the bottle while you have the chance. 184.German Why should I ever want to get rid it? 185.Michael Because of what I told you about the devil. 186.German The devil take the devil. 187.Michael You do not fear hell? 188.German Years ago I killed in cold blood. Just for the love of the seeing them die. They fell in that pit under my gun and those who survived groaning I put my pistol to their head and sent them on their way. I did it for the fatherland and I don’t repent even now, there's nothing I'm afraid of. Besides, I'm bound for hell when I die, with or without the help of your bottle. And then again, where else would I go to be with all my old friends again. They're all down there waiting for me, and I wouldn't want to disappoint them. 189.Michael You are truly not afraid? 190.German Not while there's much more rum where this came Bottle on from. table.. pour drink 191.Michael Until your end you can drink all the rum in the world, if you wish. 192.German That I will. 193.Michael And good luck to you. 194.German Will you drink my health? 195.Michael I'll wish you goodnight I have business at home. 196.German Then I'll drink my own. (SINGS "Lili Marlene") Singing fades 197.Narrator Michael ran to Lisa light as the wind; and great was their joy that night, and great, since then, has been the peace of their days in the Bright House on the coast with the orchard and the pools inside and out. Michael at last satisfied with his lot with Lisa to guard and guide and save him when he is lost.