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By Jean-Paul Sartre

Fable / Characters: 2 male, 2 female

Scenery: Interior

No go out used to be first awarded in ny on the Biltmore Theatre with Claude Dauphin, Annabella, and Ruth Ford. ladies and one guy are locked up jointly for eternity in a single hideous room in hell. The home windows are bricked up; there aren't any mirrors; the electrical lighting fixtures can by no means be became off; and there's no go out. The irony of this hell is that its torture isn't really of the rack and hearth, yet of the burning humiliation of every soul because it is stripped of its pretenses by means of the tough interest of the damned. the following the soul is shorn of secrecy, or even the blackest deeds are mercilessly uncovered to the fierce mild of hell. it really is an everlasting torment.

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I'm to live without eyelids. Don't act the fool, you know what I mean. No eyelids, no sleep; it follows, doesn't it? I shall never sleep again. But then—how shall I endure my own company? Try to understand. You see, I'm fond of teasing, it's a second nature with me— and I'm used to teasing myself. Plaguing myself, if you prefer; I don't tease nicely. But I can't go on doing that without a break. Down there I had my nights. I slept. I always had good nights. By way of compensation, I suppose. And happy little dreams.

Don't pretend. You haven't missed a word of what we've said. GARCIN: Quite so; not a word. I stuck my fingers in my ears, but your voices thudded in my brain. Silly chatter. Now will you leave me in peace, you two? I'm not interested in you. INEZ: Not in me, perhaps—but how about this child? Aren't you interested in her? Oh, I saw through your game; you got on your high horse just to impress her. GARCIN: I asked you to leave me in peace. There's someone talking about me in the newspaper office and I want to listen.

I'm to live without eyelids. Don't act the fool, you know what I mean. No eyelids, no sleep; it follows, doesn't it? I shall never sleep again. But then—how shall I endure my own company? Try to understand. You see, I'm fond of teasing, it's a second nature with me— and I'm used to teasing myself. Plaguing myself, if you prefer; I don't tease nicely. But I can't go on doing that without a break. Down there I had my nights. I slept. I always had good nights. By way of compensation, I suppose. And happy little dreams.

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