Gow’s Watch

Some notes on the text from Lisa Lewis. The page numbers refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of Debits and Credits


From ACT IV. Scene 4   (following “The Prophet and the Country”)

[Page 201, line 8] battalia an army in order of battle.

[Page 201, line 11] bombards early cannon.

[Page 201, line 17] Adullamites In I Sam., 22,1-2, King David takes refuge in “the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him.”


From ACT V Scene 3  (following “A Madonna of the Trenches”)

[Page 263, line 4] Ravelin A type of fortification, in which two embankments are raised inside the defensive ditch or scarp.

[Page 264, line 1] Pass at Bargi See “Act IV, Scene 4.”

[Page 265, line 26] Spirit of the Lady Frances In “A Madonna of the Trenches”, the ghost of Bella Armine appears to the sergeant who loved her and to her nephew Clem, who tells the story.

[Page 267, lines 22-3] I have seen love at last … after? In “A Madonna of the Trenches,” young Clem has the same reaction.