GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
a whole week, for an adequate representation; and there are some which last for a fortnight. They consist of fourteen, fifteen, or even more acts. The number of dramatis personae is practically unlimited; new heroes and heroines constantly appear upon the scene; and to render confusion still worse confounded, they again and again change their names. Time is annihilated, the babe, whose miraculous birth is represented in the
A Wayang representation.
beginning of an act, having arrived at mana s estate before the end of it, and one generation succeeding another in the course of the play. Generally too, no trace of any regular plan is discoverable. Incident follows incident, and intrigue disconnected intrigue; and at every turn, fresh dramatic elements are introduced. So that, as the drama ceasesa for it cannot in any proper sense be said to finisha characters whose