576 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
embarrassment to all and to save the audience from feeling themselves " de trop," but that seems the best solution of the matter.
It is reserved for the sixth tableaux to represent what is perhaps the "summum bonurn" of the woman's life—• happy "Motherhood." A young woman may be seated in a pretty, homelike room, gazing with smiling interest at two or three little children building houses with blocks on the floor at her feet. Some bit of baby-finery lying in her lap, her work-basket near at hand, will add a further touch of domesticity.
The last tableau of all should present "Old Age," under the pleasantest aspect. A serene old lady, in snowy cap and with kerchief crossed on her breast, may be sitting in an old-fashioned rocking-chair, with two or three children at her knee, to whom she appears to be telling stories, while her knitting lies upon her lap, and they crowd around her in their eager interest.
Every possible touch of old-fashioned comfort that may be added to the room will greatly enhance the effect. Her open Bible, with a pair of spectacles lying upon it, may be on the table, daguerreotypes standing open on the mantel, framed silhouettes or family portraits on the walls, and a few sweet-peas, marigolds or other favourites of old gardens may be in a vase within reach of her hand.
A final bear-hug from the children, by way of testimony to the affection of which she is the object, may be the signal for the falling of the curtain.
A musical accompaniment may add much to the effectiveness of the pictures. For the first one, Brahm's lovely cradle-song, "Wiegenlied" would be appropriate, and, for the second, some selection from "The Daisy Chain"—than which nothing is fuller of children's glee.