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Bound East for Cardiff

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One-act play by Eugene O'Neill, produced and published in 1916.

In mid-Atlantic on the British tramp steamer Glencairn, the seaman Yank has been injured in a fall and lies moaning in his bunk. His friend, the Irishman Driscoll, and the other seamen encourage him with rough expressions of good will, but Yank realizes that he is dying. Since he fears to be alone, Driscoll remains with him, and they discuss old adventures and their mean life at sea. Yank considers that “this sailor life ain't much to cry about leavin',” and refuses to accept his friend's comfortable piety. Before the night fog lifts he dies, with a vision of “a pretty lady dressed in black.”

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Eugene O'Neill (1888—1953) American dramatist