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(How Jane Conquest rang the Bell - een kerstverhaal)
 
Deze pagina toont een paar andere sets toverlantaarnplaten met het droevige verhaal van onze heldin Jane Conquest. De eerste set is rond 1891 gemaakt door de Engelse fabrikant en leverancier van lantaarnplaten Frederick York en de afbeeldingen zijn zowel in kleur als in zwart en wit uitgebracht. Het was een heruitgave van een eerdere serie. De lantaarnplaten van 'York and Son' zijn vanaf 1890 herkenbaar aan het handelsmerk, een Y met een kronkelende slang, gevat in een driehoek. In hun catalogie vinden we platen over ieder onderwerp, zoals Reizen, Humor, Wetenschap, Opleiding en..... ook Life Model series.

De 17 glazen lantaarnplaten zijn 8,2 cm vierkant. Het bijzondere van dit verhaal is dat de afloop door het publiek bepaald kan worden. Blijft de baby in leven, of......

Aangezien het verhaal inmiddels bekend zal zijn, volgt hier geen vertaling.

Jane Conquest.

T'was about the time of Christmas,
many years ago,
when the sky was black with storm clouds
and the earth was white with snow.

 
Our story's set in a humble home
Jane, our heroine, so sad is she,
baby Tom is at death's door
and husband Harry is away at sea.
Jane's not seen Harry for many a month
and her last meal was two days ago,
Baby Tom is weak and thin,
will live forsake him? only God can know.
Outside a fierce storm rages,
no fuel is there to warm Jane's child,
then she spies a gallant ship
in peril.... yonder.... on sea so wild!
If she could only warn the village
those sailors might yet reach the land,
but what of baby Tom, her child?
Oh please, oh please, a helping hand.
Those sailors all have families too.
She must save them if she can.
The angels will watch over Tom,
she must warn the lifeboatmen.
If Jane could only read the church
and sound the bell, then help would come,
but the snow was deep and the hillside steep,
keep going Jane, don't succumb!
When the church came into view
her strength had almost gone,
but the thought of those poor souls at sea
gave Jane the will to carry on.
The heavy door finally yielded.
Jane now knew her goal was near.
With all her strength she pulled the rope
The bell rang out.... but would they hear?
Her task complete, her duty done,
her wretched frame could pull no more,
all alone.... cold..... exhausted
she fell in silence to the floor.
The village folk heard the signal
and rallied to the 'Shipwreck!' call.
The lifeboat reached the stricken vessel
and saved every sailor from the squall.
Fate played it's hand that dreadful day
for one young man saved from the sea
was Harry Conquest, Jane's true love
and now he sought her.... joyously!
But this joy turned to sadness
when he saw his dear son Tom,
and saw the room was dark and dank,
and his lovely wife was gone.
And as he fainted to the floor
he cried out for 'Jane', his wife.
He could not know, that is was she
who had saved his own dear life.
The village folk had wondered
who had tolled the timely warning
and Old Ned trudged through snow drifts deep
to get to the Church that morning.
Old Ned revived our heroine,
now her child was her only care,
but the sight that they beheld at home
was more than Jane could bear.

Harry looked up and saw his wife
and knew his prayers were not in vain,
but what of Tom, their beloved son,
would he smile at them again?
 
Dit is het moment waarop het publiek moet gaan beslissen of de kleine Tom in leven blijft of niet.....
(Het publiek roept nu: leven...... sterven.......leven......sterven!!!!!) Wanneer Tom blijft leven:

Tom soon was well, I'm pleased to tell
and their home was filled with laughter.
Jane Conquest's love had conquered all
and the lived happily ever after.

Jane Conquest risked her most precious gift
to save a ship's doomed crew.
A sacrifice that few would make,
Would I? ..... Would you?
 
Wanneer Tom overlijdt:

Alas, Tom's soul had left this world,
and they both were lost in grief.
Tom's time on earth with Harry and Jane
had been so very, very brief.

Jane Conquest gave her most precious gift
to save a ship's doomed crew.
A sacrifice that few would make,
Would I? ..... Would you?
Een offer dat slechts weinigen kunnen brengen.
Zou ik het kunnen? Of jij?
Hieronder het effect van de engel die verschijnt wanneer Jane op haar knien valt om voor haar kind te bidden. De engel is op plaat #5 geschilderd en wordt over plaat #4, en eventueel later ook nog over plaat #16, geprojecteerd. Dit werd meestal gedaan met behulp van een tweede lantaarn of een dubbele lantaarn, een biunial.
Er bestaan lantaarnplaten over Jane Conquest die eveneens gemaakt zijn door York and Son, maar afwijken van de bovenstaande. Waarschijnlijk komen deze uit de eerdere versie van deze serie.
 

Hierboven een set van tien toverlantaarnplaten plus een titelplaat gemaakt door een onbekende fabrikant.
Plaat #2 werd gebruikt om het flakkerende licht van het brandende schip dat door haar venster viel, te imiteren.



Hieronder een set van twaalf platen van 'How Jane Conquest rang the Bell' gemaakt door Theobald & Co., ca 1900.
 
She is sitting there with her dying child Gazes out of the window across the sea She is torn with doubt as to what she can to to help the mariners
She sinks down on her knees, offers up prayer Bravely through the tempest she forced her way She seizes hold of the bell rope
The Lifeboat forces its way slowly, but steadily Harry Conquest drags his weary steps across the beach and along the road Seized with a terrible dread he sinks fainting to the ground
His eyes gaze upon a woman lying full length The woman bent forward and gazed upon the upturned face There lies the child she had left racked with fever

 
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