THE DRAMATISTS OF NATURALISM , , the theme of Sudermann's Heimat: the daughter of a clergyman has given herself in the excitement of the Johannisnacht (like the heroine of Sudermann's Johannisfeuer) to the son of a wealthy man: after the seduction she weighs him up and decides that he is unfit to be her husband, though he is prepared to jeopardise his career by marrying her; and the old parson agrees that she is right. The title shapes itself on Burger's famous ballad Des Pfarrers Tochter von Taubenheim. Of Dreyer's lighter plays the rococo comedy Das Tal des Lebens (1902) has that piquancy of theme for which he depended as a comedy writer: it is a jest on the impotence of reigning families. The village concerned is so called because of the fertility of its inhabitants. On the other hand, the ruling prince of the country has failed to produce an heir, and there is every prospect that Prussia will absorb another duodecimo state when he dies, especially as a rejuvenating elixir has no effect; however the Markgrafin approves of the sentinel who stands at her door,, a boy from the Vale of Life; and in due course the elixir is under- stood to have acted.