Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

MEMORY AND IMAGINATION 
pretty play, “When Broadway was a Trail,” 
the hero and heroine stand on the Metropoli¬ 
tan Tower and bend over its railing. They 
see the turmoil of New York of the present 
day and ships passing the Statue of Liberty. 
He begins to tell her of the past when in the 
seventeenth century Broadway was a trail; 
and suddenly the time which his imagination 
awakens is with us. Through two hours we 
follow the happenings of three hundred years 
ago. From New Amsterdam it leads to the 
New England shores, all the early colonial 
life shows us its intimate charm, and when 
the hero has found his way back over the 
Broadway trail, we awake and see the last 
gestures with which the young narrator shows 
to the girl the Broadway buildings of today. 
Memory looks toward the past, expectation 
and imagination toward the future. But in 
the midst of the perception of our surround¬ 
ings our mind turns not only to that which has 
happened before and which may happen 
later; it is interested in happenings at the 
same time in other places. The theater can 
show us only the events at one spot. Our 
mind craves more. Life does not move for¬ 
ward on one single pathway. The whole man- 
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