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Mrs. Shafto's boarders : a farce in three acts

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MRS. SHAFTO'S BOARDERS.: A F IN THREE BY FRANKLIN FILE. [Copyri&ht, Sit, by FRANKLIN F1L1t. All ri&ht resened.] CHARACTERS. Rlm'M' R .. urnOLPH DARCY, a Virginia gentleman, sab. ::MACREADY ROBYNSON, cruelly misunderstood. iBEN MERKLE, happy as a husband and unhappy as a 11on-in-Iaw DAN DARCY, with Cousin Eda on his mind. MARTIN .M.EGG, reformed. A.LONZO, burdened with MRs. DAROY, a crushed motlier-in-law. EDA. WARRICK, on Cousin Dan's mind. DOLLY MERKLE, a green-eyed bride KITTY Mn:oo, suffering from reform. }IRS. SHAFTO, of the_ wil!i \ : '\ I The author of this piece has intended to I)lake it far:cical through, out, and it should be played in a brisk, rattling, extravagant manner. Nothing in it is intended to receive serious treatment, and the few .aentimental passages should be given in a .spirit of nr-The play i1 wholly original, and tp.e copyright law will be 118M. p protect it. ACT,I. MRB. SHAFTO'S BOARDI N'G HOUSE. ,Soxm:.-The parlor of Mrs. Shafto's boarding holl!le, i11 New Yor>;. The stage is set so as to give a view of the hallway, practicable stairs and street door through a wide arch at tile pack. Four trunks a.re piled near the door. There is a lounge, L, a table, o, ap.!l :two B, with lace curtains. ;r'he furniture mayJ>e good. Mrs. Shafto is discovered putting things to rights. She is the.typiNew York la.ndlady-:-slatternlY., volble and inquisitive. MRS. SHA.FTO. (She begins to speak before the curtain rises, /Jo aa to be talking rapidly when the ;first ccitches sight of her. l 0 my goodness gracious I 0 goodness, gracious me I How tired 1 aw; how pestered I am; whttt a world t1'1e is. [Advances.] ;It any. body had said to me, ten yea.rs ago, "Mrs. Shafto, ten years froqi no.IV you will be keeping a. boarding house in West Seventeenth New York city," I would have answered, o;iost positively, th;\t the idea was preposterous. No; I wouldn't have believed such a thing, not if even a clairvoyant had said it. But it's come about, and sur prised at it I am, truly and truly. Heigho r Heigho I Ah, med [Arranges ,cP,a-r;rs.] [Enter ALONZO. He Is a-white-haired, talkative, comic darkey, the old plantation flavor. The 11art might well be played by an "acrobatic" song and dance m.an.J A.LONZO, [Aside.] She's agoin' jess like she war de las' I see of her '!ore she w ent to bed. Wonder if she stopped at all in de night_. .MRS. SHA.FTO. Alonzo I ALONZO. Yes'm. MRS. SHAFTO. [Indicating the four trunks piled in ihe corner.] Do you see those trunks ? ALONZO. Dey is visible to de unclothed eye-[ Mrs. Shafto staru inquiringly]-to de naked eve. Mus. SHA.FTO. [Goes to the trunks. l These three go up to the sec ond floor front, and this one to the halI bedroom adjoining. (Alonzo goes to the trunks, and ahe comes down.] Tile three belong to Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, wh1:> have just arrived, and the other ia their IOD Dan's. ALONZO. Darcy, Missus Shafto; did you say Darcy? MRS. SHAFTO. I did say Darcy. [Dusting chairs.] A.LONZO. An' you do say Darcy? MRS. SHAFTO. I do say Darcy. :A.LONZO. Um-m-m. From Virginny. Mll.S. SHA.FTO. I don't know. Yes; I think Mr. Darcy did aay hll family was from Virginia. A.LONZO. [Looking at the trunks.] Seems like dey be <;le eame wid only fo' trunks. Dey use to own half a county m ole V1rgi.nny. f H e shoulders a trunk and starts for the stairt11ay. l [Enter MA.CREA.DY ROB!NSON. He has a .collision with A.LONZO .at the arch and glares at him savagely. Ext A.LONZO, up the stairway. R OBYNSON s an actor, and has personated villains so long that he cannot rid himself of the gestures, scow ls and attitudes of a stage villain of the melodiamatic sort. The part requirll8 a good deal of good grotesque pantomime. He approaches MRS. SJliF'FO c, with stride s lays a hand on and gazes into her face with muc h fie rceness. He hesitates in h's speeches, as though for Zack of w01ds. ROBYNSO'N. Mrs. Shafto, I am from the breakfast table. MRs. SH.A.F'IO. And I trust, Mr. Robynson, that the table pleased yoROBYNSON. fBetraying his charact e ristic hesitancy, as though at q loss for words The table is a good w-alnut carved legs-solid-totlgh. MRS. SHAFTO. But I mean the fQQ.d. ROBYNSON. ::Jolid, too-as to biscuit. Tough, also-as to steak. But no matter. Still, if you will buy nec k pieces of Methusela.h bulls, Mrs. Shafto, pound them. [Goes to the ha.track in the puts on h i s hat, eom e s forward a few step,s, and strikes an att itude. Pound 'em tender, Mrs. Shafto. fGoes toward the hall door a glares at .Alon zo, w1w comes dowJi the stairway. Ereit.] ALONZO. !Shouldering a second trunk.} Hope to ef I don't b'iieve he is de debble. MRS. SBA.FTO. 0, no. ALONZ:). Den he's a intimate friend ob de dabble, sho'. Ml'tS. SHAFTO. He's an actor, .Alonzo, i:.nd has played deviltry parts 9n the stage so long that, maybe, he's come to be a villain by second nature. A.LONZO. [Turning back, with the trunk on his shoulder.] I seed Mr. Darcy. He do look like a old Virginny gen'leman, for s1?-o'. MRS. SHA.Fro. [.Aside.] I hope so. My boa.rners neeing to:get married 1 EDA. O, no. I mean an engagement on thelstage. MRS. SHAETO. [Horrified.] On the stage? ED.A.. Yee; I am trying to earn a living as an actress. MRS. SHAFTO. [Staring.] it be? A_re YA. [Evasively.] I have met him. ALONZO. [Aside.] If he ain't de gem'an dat called to see her den I'm white as a lily. [Picks itp the third trunk.] Whew I dey gets heavier OD.e by one. [Exit up the stairway, grunting and weaklmud.] EDA.-That is my predicament, Mrs. Shafto; but it is not a very dia agreeable one, for I shall probably have employment in a few days. MRS. SHAFTO. Well, my dea.r, I d on't know. I imagine that the elder Mr. Darcy might object to living in the same house with an actress, not to ea.y a ballet actress, however well the son might like it. EDA. What do you insinuate? 0 dear! 0 dear I [Whimpering.] You are very hard on me, Mrs Shafto. [Crosses the room and puts her /ace against the window.] MRS. SHAFTO. There, now, Miss Warrick, don't, I beg of you, blubber .on the window. The glass wa.s washed this morning. [Eda wipes her eyes on the curtain.] There, please don' t soil the curtain. [Ecla sobs, and hides behind the curtain. ] [E1ite1 D.L-q DA.ROY, down the stairs. He ha& a carel.ess lazy and speech. He approaches MRS. SHAFTO, who ri&es with labored politeness. He. does not see EDA, and open& his l DAN. I want to pay my board in advance, Mrs. Shafto. ft is tell d o .ll
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r 2 MtBhs,. It is good of you to say so. If I priCle myself Upo?J any mg, it is my table. [Exit.] DAN. [Recognizinq Eda, who emerges f1'om behind the cwrtain.] Bow d? you do, cousin., [They shake hands. He is cordial but lover-like.) EDA, Hush I you musn 't call me cousin. What made you let your folks come here? DAN. Ho"'. could I help it? Father couldn't pay his board where he was, and, if had stayed much longer .. wouldn't have had money. enough left to hire a cartman. It WIL!l by chance. he hit this house. EDA. I hope they won't recognize me DAN. Of course they won't. You were abou t twentv per cent aa big as you are now when we quit Virginia. LBe-enter ALONZO, to get the fourth trunk. They stop speaking, and he rega'l'cls them covertly. He shoulders the trunk and starts to ward the stairwa71.J A.r.oNzo [Aside.] De wolf 'an de lamL dis time. I shouldn't wonder. '!JIDA. You will keep my secret. I am sure none of my family or know what I am doing until I am successful. It was qwte by accident that yo_u found me out, you know. [Staggers with the trunk, and stops.] Dis yo' trunk,_ DAN. Yes. ALoNZ-0. Heep o' gold an' stlver in dis trunk. DAN. Not any. ALoNzo. Lead, den, fo' certain. DAN. [Gives him a coin.] Lighter now, isn' t it? ALoNzo. Feathery, sah-feathery. up the ata1r EDA. father ur mother might. possibly recognize me, not have been strangers for a dozen years, and I woulfor the expenditure of their wealth m those civilities which take the form of social entertainment. It is true that we, personally, held a small share of the Darcy wealth, but we had our full propor" ti.on, I trust, of the Darcy pride and honor. MRS. DARCY. I believe i;o, my dear. [She is deferential when acl: dressing Darcy, but lofty towmd others.] DAN. Dad, I've just paid my board a week,in advance. Shall you do the same? DARCY. No, son, no. That would imply a lack of that confidence which I and others should feel in me. MRs. DARCY. Do you think, wy dear, that you will be able to pa.y at the end of L'LY. They are in travelling d,.ess. BHN is jolly, off-hand and spirited. DOLLY is rather coquett ish, but animated. The scene should be played rapidly.] BEN. Do I live here? [DOLLY kisse..q D.\N, while DARCY is shaking hands DAN. .An come forward.] DoLLY. 0, Dan, I'm glad to see you. ['Ki$sea DARCY, and BEN lhakes hands i!Jith DAN.] ; .. DARCY. rPuttin,g an arm around DOLLY, and a hand on BEN'S a1wulder.] ldy children, I welcome:you-Rhett.,Randolph"Darcy welcomes you. fAlonzo and a hackman bring in two large trunks, end place them in. the corner by the arch.] DAN. Well, Ben, how are you? BsN. First rate brother-in-law. Ahal brother-in-law I sounds odd, doesen t it? The queerest thing about getting married fa suddenly acquiring such a number of new i e lativ:es. I've not only g?t a -bless her heart-but a fine 'brother-in-law, a respected father-m law, tbows t o Darey, who bows with eondt!sce ,nding dignity] and [bows tDilh great decorum to Mrs. D. [ a-a mother-inla.w. DoLLY. 0, Ben, you haven't kissed mamma. B.EN. Didn't I kiss her in the hallway? DOLLY. No. BEN. Eh? MRS. D No. BBN. 0, I remember. Dolly was so long about lt"tlib.t 1 -a chance. [Kisses Mrs. D. gi7,ger1y.] B:s..v. And I must go down-town immediately. [Looks at his ...... ,c;'>J I have an bnportant enga.g-ement with a client, and I am afraid he won't wait. Ah, what a descent is this, from a. heavenly honeymoon to a grovelling struggle for la,wyer's fees. DARCY. The change must be violent' indeed ; yet I can scaTcely appreciate your feeling. BEN. Didn't you have a heavenly honeymoon? MRS. D. Certainly he did. DARCY. I mean that I have never known the experience of working Jor pay. Mind I don't say this to disparage you. My son works for money. [Alonzo has been regarding the from the bai:k, with lively interest. He now shoulders a trunk, and wearily cm-ries it up stairs.] You are the husband of our daughter, and that is sufficient to put you on our level. "EN. Thank.you. Mns. D. Yes you are our son. Whatever hesitation there may have been in bestowing our daughter's hand upon you, now that you are a part of the Darcy family we no longer feel that theie is a social gulf between us. iE>ARCY. ou must not go until you have had breakfast. By the way-[ draws Ben as-il'le, as Dan, Dolly and Mrs. D. go, R. c.] can you me with twenty dollars. a I am JUBt a httle short to day. [Ben hantllhim a bill.] I will hand it back to you in a day or two. BEN. All right. 0, Mrs. Darny. MRs. D. Benjamin, it seems to me that a due amount of affection would prompt you to call me "mother." BEN. Certainly-mother-I Wa.!.I going to ask if there is a night M:RS. D. A night key ? BEN. Yes while I think of it. l!Rs. D. What for. BEN. Oh I might come in late, soine night MRS. D. A married man come in late? BEN. I mean it would be handier than to ring when I come home in thfl afternoon. MBs. D. Well, Benjamin, I'll thihk about it while you are eating ilreakfast. Come. [Re-enter ALONZO down the stairs.] :BEN. J!)ont believe I've got time. DoLLY. [Nestling up to him, and tapping him under the Uow does he think his birdie-mate could eat all alone? [.Alonzo imieker&. All look at him. He hastily grasps the remaining trunk and carries it up stairs.) BEN. Yes; I've got time. .[.&i:eunt, all, through the arch, turning to the left. Enter MARTIN, EGG and KITTY, by the stairway. MEGG ii. dioll and semi-clerical tn dresa. He utters the slang with perfect sariommess, and s ufne .olemnity. !fe comes down while KiTTY stops to take a i.1'8 hatrack in the haUwag. two should sin g well, and KITTY mwt be a dancer ] HEGG. rsighing profottndly ] Even the ways of grace are cut up [Meditating:] Bard lines-hard lines, Kitty. Kl'ITY. Yes, Martin. MEGG. Is there a letter on the hatrack !or rile'? Kl'ITY. fOoming forward with a letter.] YeB. JIEGG. Pittsmarked Postburgh. Kl'l"l'Y. Wbat.?

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l 3 MEOO. Adversity pa.ralyzes me. I mean, it is post111arlted Pitt. burgh? KITTY, Yes. MEGG. [Ttlkes the letter.] This settles it, Kitty. It this says goall right. If it says no go-then all wrong. [Sits by the table and opens the lett e r Kitty looks anxiotisly over hia shoulder.] Kitty, I've hardly got the grit to read it. You see, I heard the7 was going to start a gospel temperance revival in Pittsburgh. You re member the town? We put in a week there at the Blooming Garden Varieties. So I wrote 'em that Martin Megg, the reformed serio comique, was disengaged ; a.ho his wife, forme(ly his aide partner in the show biz., but 1.1ow l1ill voca.l a.ssisLarlt. 1 told 'em that we was a live team in. the revival liue, and could furnish our own print ing. KITTY 0, look quick and see if th.ey've given us a date. M EGG. [Opens the letter and reads.] "Dear Brother Megg and your wife are invit0d tt? come to Pittsburgh and participate in our gospel tempera.nee revival m eetings. Pmvision wili be made for you during your stay. Youra, etc." That means grub 1take1, if nothing else. KITTY. [Delightedly. l Halle-Hallcluah. [Begina to dance.] MEGG. [Sharp:r.] Kitty I [She stops ] ., KITTY. 0, I forgot. MEGG. I don't wonder y ,ou frisk, for we ain't had a boom ainoewe eh'lo k variety, and took to revivalism; but you musn't dance. It ain't right, and what we want to d., is to be dead level and equan and no KITI'Y. I didn't mean to, I want to do what's right. MEGG. Shake, girl. LThey shake handa.j Now, let's see. .Are there any of them tnree sheet posters left-them with "Marty and Kitty Megg," for the scare line-KITI'Y. And "High kickers" for the next 7 MEGG. Yes. KITTY. There's a few. --. MEGO.-. I must haye a paste r "Gospel Workers," to cover over "High Kickers," and then they'll do. Now, Kitty, make a in v for all we'1:e worth. Are up in tht> music. L et's rehearse a bit. [Alonzo comes down the stairs with a t runk. He ia very limp. ALONZO. Whew to goodness I MEGG. What's the matter, Alonzo. ALONZO. I'm done up wiu dis see-saw wid de trunks. Up I goes \ wid the Darcys an' de M .erkles, an' now down I comes wid Miss Warrick:' It's more'n de ole man kin stan'. ME.GG. Don't get weary, Coo n ey; I want my two trunks brought down right off. Mrs. Magg and I are going to skip out. They're all packed. ALONZO. [Asitte.] Fo'th ft.o'; aQ.d I didn't get a cent for toting em' up. [To M egg.] 'Scuse me while I draw a long bret!. [Sita on the trunk. ] MEGG. Now, Kitty, let's try--[Mentiona_ the title of a revitlGl hymn.] KITTY Here in the parlor? }!EGG. Yes. [They sing a verse of new religi. When? MEGG. Immediately. MRs. SHAFTO. Can you pay your bill ? MEGG. We throw OUL'selves upon your kind indulgence. MRs. SaAFro. Thro'v yom oel ve3 where you.please, but. your trunks stay here until your bill is paid. . [.Alonzo b1irtgs down the M e ygs trunk; 11ts on a trunk, hausted, and falls asleep.] ,. K1T1Y. [Approaching angrily.] Look here, you old:MEGG. Kitty, have you your regeneration? Hold your ga.bber. [To Mrs. Shaft" ] w., will leave our trunks until such as it shall please Prc>v id en u o to lift them out of hock. Come, Kitty. [Go es to the stairs, f o ll owed b y Kitty who slyly turns and makes a -face at Mrs. Shafto.] W e-de p::wt i n nu h our. Good-bye. [Exeunt lfegg and Kitty, up the _tJtairtJ. MR S SHAFTO. This business is enoug h to crowd the luna.tc arry J.ums. [Enter DARC Y and DOLLY.] 1 h ope you were not disturbed by these noisy p e ople. They're going away, anyhow, 110 they won't 1 bo.ther you any more. DARCY. I do not permit myself to be easily abraded by social .roughnesses. Mas. SHAFTO. You are s o considerate [She bows and so does he .E:cit Mrs. Shafto.] DARCY. [As theu eomeforward.] Dolly, my daughter, are you a happy bride ? DOLLY. 0 yes, papa.. DARCY Dolly, my daughter, is your husband's manifest good na ture attended by a cone 3ponding openness of purse? [She doe. not compre h e nd.] ls h e libero.I with his money? DOLLY. H e i s just as goo d a.sh e can b e andhe trustsmeimph01tly. Why, I've got three huadred dolla .rs of his money in my pocket now. He said he WllS so care l ess, and might lose his pocketbook ; so he'd divide with me for safety. DARCY. This i s fortunate, indeed. DOLLY. Eh? DA.ROY It h appe n s strangely enough, that I absolutely require fifty dollars this morning and haven't got it. DOLLY. That is queer, isn't it. DARCY, Now, you l e t m e have fifty dollarsDOLLY. But it's Ben's money. DARCY. It is only for a day o r two, my child. [She hesit11fes.] However, if my daughte r distru.:;ts h e1 doting father-DOLLY. O' no, p apa. [Tukes m o n e y out of her pocket, and givu him a bill ] There's a fifty d ollar bill, right on top DARCY And a twenty directly underneath. [She hastily rolls -vp the money, whi l e Darcy look s l ongingly at itJ [Re enter ROBYNSON. H e co1nes down, g lares at DOLLY and DA.ROT, go e s to ALONZO, and shakes him. ALONZO awaku, and is atartUd by ROBYNSON'S fierceness.] ALoNZO. What have I done? I'm right down sorry fur it, anyhow. ROBYNSON. Come up-me hour-to carry down my trunk. Engagement-Western tour. [Goes up stairs.j ALONZO. An' his trnnk's jis like it was packed wid iron bans ., W e ll, the re's an hour fo' rest. f Exit.] DOLLY. [Who has w a tcl!-ed Robynson's exit. ] What a brigand ot a man. [Re -ent e r DAN and BEN from. L, th?-ough arch. J DARCY. [To D o lly h e puts the bill into his pocket.] It i s hat'dly worth while to say a.uything to yout husband about this tritling loan. [To Ben, who comes douin.] Jus t to gratify your father-in-law's whim, say nothing to Dolly a b out that small financial favor. [Aloud. l I wilL l eave you for a stroll. O l d m e n are opprnssive i n youthfuf society. Oh, I know the r e should b e no hindmnce to perfect confide n ce b etween a young hub :md and wi(e. You should tell each other everything [Takes h is h>it arid ca.n.e jl'om the rack, an.d botOs. Exit t>y street door ] DOLLY. I must g o u p and c hange m y dreas [To Ben.] Will you come. DAN. O, no, he'll stay h e r e for a chat \Yi th me, DOLLY. fRuefully. ] Good -bye, B e n. [Kiss es him.] I may not see you for ha.f f an hour. BEN, Farewell. [Blxit Dolly, up the staira, throwing a 1du. f Dan and Ben take seats at the table.] lJ.AN. What a b aby she i s. BEN. Speaking of b aby, old follow, I want to confide in you. Baby is the name of my mining proje c t LThey l ean toward each other ove r the table.] .DAN. Have you b ee n taken with the mining fever? BEN. Yes; I am pa.r t owne r of a mine in Leadville. It's a secret ?Ii.nd you, eve n from D J ll y I want to surprise her, don't you eee: if it turns out w e ll, and t o save her the disappointment if it turns .out ill. DAN. Which i t is sure to do. It w o :n't. W e 've the fin es t little mine in the region. Wti call it Baby Mme, b ecause it'11 young and bound to grow. Good joke that, isn't it. fEnte r MRs. DARCY. She ues DAN and BEN in confidential conversti tion, and stealthily advan c e s t o the bac k of the table unset:n by them Listens. ] DAN. So you've h.ad a baby while you wer e still a bachelor. [Laughs. Mrs Darcy is horrified.] R e a lly, though, you had bette r confess all to Doll y You'll want her sympathy bye and-bye. MRS. DARCY. [A side .] Merciful goodnes s, what i s this? BEi<. No, no; not yet. A.nu you a r e s wo r n to secrecy, mind you. DAN. Very w e ll. [The y clasp hands. ] But I predict that nothing but ruin and sorro w will co m e of it. BEN. Nons e n se. baby is being carefull y nursed, and I expect good newa from Leadvill e right away. MRs. D. [Aside. l -A child in Leadville and prob"bly a wife. Dolly shall knuw ol' this f S he tetdr es to the stairway where IM stands. A 1-ing at the door o e ll.] DAN. [Rising.] W e ll, I wish you succees. Re-enter ALONZO. He opens the door talces i n a telegraphic muMl(le, and OOtneB down. .. ALONZO. l<"'o' Mister M erkle. Dat you, sah? BEN. Yes. [Tak es the m es sage hastily.] ALoNzo. Boy says had a hard tilll:e you. [Exit. Mrs. D arC'IJ. tS stiU o n the stairs, unseen.. BEN. [Tearmg ope n the enve l ope and readmg.J What's this? I must star t for Leadvill e at o n ce. [ Leaves m.ess ag e on the table.J DAN. B a d n e ws ? BEN. Yes ; indefinite but bad. [Walks to and fro tmtedly.] [Be -ente r DOLLY, by the stai1s -having changed h e r travelling drua for a nothe r. Mas. DA.ROY s eize11> he r by the arm and leads her down stairs. DOLLY is c u rious a n d bewilderect.) DoLL Y What's the matter? MRs. D. [.Aside.] Hush. [ .Appro aching Dolly.] We must part. DOLLY. Ahl BEN. For a f e w w e eks; Important business-vitally importantd emands my quick .presence in L eadville MRs. D Wha t the businesa, Benjaruin ? BEN. It is-that i s a matter of business a client of mine-must go on v ery train [Looks at h i s watch.] That is J "uat an hour, if Im not mwtaken. DoLLY, Can't I go along?

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MRS. D. Can't your wife go along ? BEN. No ; positively impossible. Wish I w .as_ sure that train. Dan, will you do me a favor? [Mrs. Darcy eyes the message on the table. DAN. Certainly. -BEN. Run around the corner to the express office, and leave an order to have my trunk t aken to the next vVest ern train, and get a guide-book. [Exit Dan by the street door.] Where's that darkey? MRS. D. Be went down-stairs. [Exit Hen through the arch and. to the left.] Dolly, n erve yourself. [Picks tip the te.legrmn.] .DOLLY. What for, mamma? MRS. D. Your husband is a scoundrel. DOLLY. rtrotly.] No, he isn't. MRS. D. 1t is best that you should kno w the worst. Poor dear. DoLLY. 0, my; what's coming? MRS. D. Benjamin has a wife and child in Leadville. : DOLLY. Ridiculous. MRS. D. Here is the telegram that calls him to L e adville. Let us -seo what is in it. [Reads ] "Baby imP,eratively requires your pres ence. Bad off. Come at once K. C. DOLLY, [Crying.] 0, ho-ho-00-00 I .. (Re-enter BEN and .ALONZO. MRS. D. puts the telegl'am back on the tabl e .] BEN. I want my trunk brought down in a jiffy. ALONZO. Brought down in what, sah ? BEN. Io a hurry. Get about it. ALONZO. [Aside.] Dar's no r es fo' me-au' I ain't wicked, nuther. [Go es wearily up the stairs. Exit. BEN fGoes to Dolly.] Don' t cry, D olly. [He attempts to caresa her but slie wriggles away from him.] What makes you-0, I under:itand. ('.l'o Mrs D) Her g:ie f at p artiug is a little hysterical. You'll take good care of her wh1lo I'm away? MRS. D. [Exp1 essively.] 0, yes. [Ptds her arms around her, and looks defiantly at Ben.] DOLLY. Ben, what are you going for? BEN. Business-nrgeut business It w oul d take. too long to ex plain. [Sees the tel egram, picks f t i1p a7!-a thrusts it into his pocket. llfrs. D. directs Dolly's ulte11twn to i t and she bo?-hO';JB af1 esh.] Poor girl-how she loves me. 0, I must put sometlung m my trunk. [Runs up-stairs.] DOLLY. 0, dea1-0, dear ; 1 think I don't want to hve any longer, mamma. MRS. D. Yee, you do. DOLLY. Not if Ben has decdved me. 1 don't believe he has ,though, and I'm going to ask him. If he is lying, he'll tell me the .truth about I'm fore. rstmts towaid back.J Mils. D. You're a simpleton. vVe mus t get at the truth some surer way: If_ I h,ad the money, we would go to Leadville on the same ,..tram. : DoLiY. I've got three hundre d dollars, lacking fifty, that Ben ga.ve me for Fafekeeping. MRS. D. Good. Our trunks are not yet unp!tc k e d. DOLLY. Would it be right? MRS. D. Is it right for,Benjamin to have a baby in Leadville? DOLLY, I don't believe he has. MRS. D. We must and shall go to f!ee (Re-enter EDA, down the stairs, for the sfreet. Re-enter MRS. SHAFTO f1om the left, through the arJJh. They comefoiwa1d, L, EDA 8ee'king to avoid MRS. D MRs. D. and Dolly retire up, R, in a dumb show of conversat ion, MRS. D. being persuasive and DOLLY reluctant: EDA takes oiit the pocketbook, and from it the torn bill.] ED.A.. I am going away this morning; I have a travelling engage-ment. MRs. SHAFTO. You are not going to take your trunk, are you? En.a.. O, yes. rsweetly.] MRS. SHAFTO. D, no. [Decidedly.] ED.&., O, yes; here is what I owe you. [Hands her the torn bill ana another.] DAN, by the sfreet door.] MRS. SHAFTO. [Rec ounizes the torn bill.] This bill is badly torn. '[Eyeing Eda curiously.J [Dan comes down, R. .Mrs. Darcy and Dolly follow him. Eda ia uneasy.] ED.A.. Yes; it seems to be a little mutilated. MRS. SHAFTO. [Aside.] It is the one I gave young Mr. Darcy. He dropped it, no doubt, and Phe picked it up. [To Eda.] Are you sure you didn't find it? EDA. I am sure I didn't find it. [Is vel"g MRs. SHAFTO. [Seeing Dan.] 0, Mr. DarcY: did lose a ten .dollar bill? Here is the very one I gave you a. little while ago. [Hola it out.] DAN. 0, that's not the one. MRs. SHAFTO. I am sure it is. I can't be mistaken. The upper _left-hand corner is gone, and there a througi1 the centre. DA.N. Yes, it is the one I gave it to thus lady. l!Rs. DARCY. Gave it to her; what for? D.AN. Because JHe is stopped by EDA, who places he r finger on her lipi MRS. DAltCY sees the gest ure.] [Re-ent e1 BE.N, ready for travel He comes down.] MRS. D. Daniel, we will spare you any explanations. DAN. You are insulting a lady, mother. BEN. What's the row ? MRS. D. 0, a tiiflefor a bachelo r like D.:m, not wo1th cona1der1ng in view of the enormities of a certain bndegroom. DAN. What have you got against Ben? [Re -enter DA.ROY, by the street door.] Mils. D. What is he going to Leadville for? DOLLY. [.Appealingly to Ben. ] What fo1-, B en? DAN. Bette r tell them all about it. BEN. No; not under coercion. Dir yo11 that guide? DAN. Here it is. [Hands him a railroad guide, which he look1 into hurriedly. Dan g oes to Eda.] Let m e tell them who you are? EDA. [.Asid e to Dan.j No; pleuHO clo not. BEN. Only forty mimttes till train time. [Going back, and calling up the stafrB. j Hi, .Alonzo, tw office, Baby Offi ce Rhe m Rn.mlolpl 1 Darcy, E s q., of Virg:in1a,_Pres1dent. and'" D r. D.1.nh l Dncy." Tne second of these 1_s verY: large. Darcy, DJ a :1.11J Bn <>r e p e it; vill brin g us two good ser-vants. DAN. Nobody ever iot11 this out-of-the-way lane. DA.ROY. Not for a d octoreh, Dan? BEN. Nor very ofte n for a lawyer DAN. For a lawyer often e n o u g h to support the entire family durmg the three months we have h e r e i n L eadville True, m y _son. Our thanks are certainly due to you, my son-mlaw. I have my name aud ciiai-ac ter to the Baby Mine; but that excellent pro J e c t !im ; beu11 a s y e t t1:1productive. Mas. D W ell, l can't clo with n u c any lonaer Surely you would not have Dully a ud m e d
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.. r 6 llMG. Well, we' ye a raiae tor feed [TM!t tram/er the skirt and 1iats, and are thcm3elvt3 again. If tMir Mi'1itJtfl can be kept from the audience up to t his ti111e 110 mucA lht htter. TM change should l c 1ni 11le q irll1 n ,, I tieftly J JtrrTY, r.Regarding the coin on tr.11;t1 .,11. '.11 I i'1:1 wouldn't bur a rag doll lor my baby. )IBGG. We are in the valley of duwa. {Seu t'lu .; notice cm the fence, and reads it.] Two wanttid-enqUit< within." Let'a enquire within. J[lTI'Y. We become servants? lh:GO. 'Twould do for a snap ; and be squarer than the bli11.dw woman gag. Du.] Du. Bello I Aren't you boarders from Mrs. ShR.fto Fl KITTY. Yee. Jbao. We were boarders-once. D.ur. Not now? lb:Go. Not now, nowhere. D..t1'. Been dabbling in mining stocks? llimo. Worse than that, and more disastrous. We -thougo maybe we don't look it. We a1e tha wasted fragmenk 'of the RobJ'nBOn Star Dramatic Constellation ltITTT [Sig4s.J We do look that. llBOG We lit out of Shafto's, the d!!. y yo11 s:1.w there, to fill a re nval in Pittsburgh. D.AN. And JIOU made nothing there ? KEGG. We made-an impression but no money. Didn't take en ough to pay for gas. Contribution plates silent-no jingle. Then Robyneon came alon g Remerr.ber him a.t Shafto's? We had to let him put us in the bill, or count railroad tii'a back to New York. DAN. Bard strain on your moral senau KEGG. Yee ; but it wae backslide or starve. KlT'lY. We 11lid. I wouldn't have gone into v aril'ty again anyhow; but !IM ing Robynson wa11 doing the legitimate, we him. Be Claude Melnotte and Romeo. D.ur. [Laughs.] Robynson d !'1? KITTY. Yes; and I did Pauline anilCY. Have you had any training au servants? 1 want good cook and a chambermaid. )b:cm. O I can cook and my wife is a reliable chambermaid. llRs. DARCY. I don't know. D..tN. Remember, mother, the chQice is not wide in Leadville. Mas. DARCY. Well, come in and I will talk with you. (Exeunt Mrs. D. and Megg to ho use. Exit Dan to his o,Oice. 1!Jnter RoBYNSON, R. u E. He is a melodramatic pichire of despai r and carries a 1mall bundle Kitty se e s hnn and t uT"T/. S brick a1 ahe u about to f o llow Mrs. narcy and M egg into the h ottte. Rob71mon advanct to the f e nce tfltd glares at her.] KITTY. It wasn't my fault i f I couldn't do Parthenia.. [He ga1:6/J al her in reproachful sil e nce.] What are you going to do, Mr. Robyn IOD? Ro:aTJfSON. Book agent or suicide. r Feels in his pocket., N o coin to tose. [Holda up his hand, open..J llold up one or t w o lingers be bind my hand. If I guess right-book agent ; wroug-tuicide. Ready? [Kitty hold up one finger.] KrrrY. Yee. ROBYNS01'. Two. KITTY. [Quiclely putting up a second fing er.] Conect. [Loou umcuil11 toward tht h ou se and Da_n's o.ffece.] RoBYNSON. Then 1 coneent to hve. KITTY, To sell books? Where'll you get them? [ .RobJlnaon bundle and takes out a wig and whiske rs, hanging them on the fence.] lngomar's wig and whiskers [He t ake out a bunch of playbook1, which are all that i3 lejt!in the bundle.] Nothing but old pla. y books. You surely don't mean li& sell them? r H e ineck' s p arty. Wis h I could secure h er. Ingo mar then, without comic Parthenia. H ard world, this. Hard on her, too. Learned something about her w hen in Virginia. KITTY, holding a large 11lice of bread in o ne hand and tltif manuscript, which she is intently studying, in the other.] KITTY. [Top him on t h e He tUrns ve111 savagel1J. ] Are rou hungry? RoBYNSON. [Smiling bla11dly.] I am. The landlord was heartlee1. [ Bitea off a big mouthful.] Where i s your baby? Pawned? KITTY. :No. lt11 at the hotel y e t. I put it in the care of' a servant when 1 arrived, you know. It would Jeopardize my eiage career it it ahould get out that I am not' only a wife but a mother. I don't know hQ"' ,t'ITl-Jlleted hi "make up." H e gulps down a mouthful of bread, and enters the yard, pla11books in hand. Holds the breaa b e hind him. Mra. Darcy and Dolly are afraid of him. ] RoBYNSON. [He speaks rapidly now. ) I show you a litorary work of uneurpaued novelty and val ue-nothing l e ss than a publication, in monthly parts of all the sta ndarut to take a bite] or you shan' t have another mouthful. [He looks longingl11 al m e b r ead, the1i take s it, with. the paper and pin. ) They'll take the baby in, and she w ill fall into my hand1. There'a n o rid for you in that llisguise. RoYl'IBON. Eda Wan::iok ill in town. I want h e r to r eorganize my eompany with. Help rpe to find her ans I'll bring your baby. KJ'JT7, Yee.

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( rRobynson gots up"'the street." Eroit Kitty to the house. Enter ED.A. WARRICK, :a. u. E. Robynson meets her, and gra.1pi her b'JI the arm, delightedly but fiercely. She scream a.] ROBYNSON. You s llall not escape me. [Eda struggles, comes down and falls. She lies motionlus. & enter DARCY and BEN from the baclc, DAN from his o:Otce, and MRs. DARCY, MEOO, DOLLY a:nd KITTY from the house. Rub11n son steals off R. u E Dan-piclrs Lda up and carrie3 her into the qmden. She 1eclines .in hia arms. All gather around her. She is unconscious.] DAN. Miss Warrick, are you hurt. BEN. Do you know her? MRS. DARCY. She is the person whom'.we saw;a(Mrs. Shafto'. [Dan f eels her pulse, then her arm, which has been cut.] DAN. Her ann is cut by the fall. I'll get some plaster. [He hands her to Darcy and 7"lmB the 8t1'ret fo his office. Da1cy holds her awkwardly, and almost drops h e1, 7 h e r eiipon Ben take11 her in his a7ms. is limp.] DOLLY. I think she would be just as comfortable in a chair. [Megg places a chafr and Ben piits her in it, still holding her hand to steady her. Dolly takss he1 hand away f1om Ben. Dan brings a sponge in a dish an1t some strip:;:,.of adhesive plaster. Eda revives and looks around.] DARCY. You are safe now. We are all gentlemen. [Draws him self up.] I am from _Virginia. [Eda recogni zes Dan and lie takes her hand.] DAN. Did somebody aesault you? EDA, Yes ; a dreadfully ferocious man seized me, and in the strug gle I fell. D.AN Your arm is cruelly cut, but we can soon mend that. fHe spongeB the cut and piits on strips of the plaster. Ben holds "'her arrn until DollyJealously DARCY. Why did this ruffian n.ttack you? EDA. I can't c onceive, sir. He was a stranger-perhaps drunk. KITTY. [Aside.] It was Robynson, I am sure; and he never meant to huTt h er. J\IRs DARCY. Was he pretty much all hair about the head, and fierce as a pirate' ? EDA. Yes. DOLLY. The same horrilt man that frightened us, mamma. [Ben still frying to help, sticks a sti-ip of plaster on Eda'sihouder, where there is no cut. EDA. I don't think there is a cut there. MRS. DARCY. Benjamin EDA. But I am grateful to you, as well as to Dr. Darcy, neverthe less, for your kindness [Dan completes tho Job and pulls down her sleeve. She rises, ] DAN. You are not going"away? EDA. Yes. DAN. There is a mystery about this attack. Perhaps it was the act of a drunken or crazy man ; but he may have a sinister purpose. Have you friends in Leadville? EDA. No. Unfonunately, I was dis left side of the room runs obliquely, so that a window, with a S8.$b, is in full view. There is also a window at the back, with a plain white shnde on the insid e, to be use d in the "shad!J'w" scene. There is a door at the back and one L. Ao the curt!Jiin rises Megg is at work at ihe stove. He goes to the little table, which is placed so that be faces the audi<>nce, and stirs with a spoon in a pan that stands on it. Enter KITTY. KITTY. Stirring, eh? MEGO. That is exactly what you h:.i.d better be doipg. Mrs. Darcy and thll doctor are to be back at midnight, and it is most that time now. They will be hungry, too, af!;e1 traveling all day. KITTY. All right. [Goes to the sideb o ard. Takes out and stops to look at hP.t'self in the mirror. ] How bandy it is to have a looking glass in the sideboard. [ F'ixe.q h e r hafr.] It g ives moments of pleasure to the drudgery. [Takes dishes and puts them. on the table.] Ah I I wish I was back before the footlights. [Leans aga4nst tile tgble, meditating, with a dish in her hands.]

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'I r.Megg sings a revival 11ong in lively keeping time with the spoon as he .stirs in the dish, thus rattling an accompaniment. Kitty first listens, then strikes a danci11g attitude with the plate in air like a tambourine; then puts down the plate and sings and dances to the sa11.e tune. During the la11t verse Megg stop:s and sees Kitty dancing.] MEGG. Alas, alas! Perverse sinne1-. KITTY. I don't care. You can't expect my feet to keep still while you're singing a lively tune like that. [Enter EDA. EDA. What's the matter? MRGG. She has been dancini;:to a gospel temperanceitune. [Buaies himself about the stove.] EDA. Why, Kitty, what makes you behave so? KITTY. 'Tain't any of your business. You're not mistress here. You're only tolerated in this house-that's all. EDA You are right. I am only tolerated here. I must go away. KITTY. There; I'm sony I said it, You're welcome here, I'm -Yery sure, except to Ml's. Darcy. EDA. I have tried to make myself u,seful during the iwo weeks I have baen here, Kitty,:but I have n o claim on their hospitality, and I hoped to be able to go before this. And now we must hurry sup per, for Mrs. Darcy and her son l1ave arl'ived. I'll help you. [Kitt1l arranges the dishes on the table and gets more from the sideboard. J Is everything ready. MEGG. All but the biscuits; but I've rolled 'e1n so thin that they'll bake in about two minutes. EDA. Bring them over here, where it is cooler, and I will roll them out. [Megg canies the board, dough, and rolling pin to the table. Kitty brings a baking pan and a cutting tin. Eda sprinkles flour on the dough and cuts out biscuits, which she puts in the pan. En t er DAN. Kitty_ and Meqg go L.; malce tea, etc.l DAN, [Going to the table.] What are lou doing? EDA. Making biscuit, sir; and I am a raid good. DAN. They cannot help being good, considering thel hands ithat make them. EDA. Now, you musn't bother. Your mother;wm come) n a :few minutes, and expect to find supper ready. DAN. She sent me in to say she was in a hurry, but on I forgot my errand. EDA, That is not kind of you, sir. DAN. [Going closer.] I meant no unkindness-no disrespect. I'm not given to say insincere compliments, and when the sight of you did drive other things out of my mind-when I think your hands would sweeten anything they touch, why shouldn't I say so? [He attempts to take her hands and nhe d1aws back .] EDA. Take care, ttiey are all ftour. [He goes close to her, cu though to clasp her, and she lightly pushes him awa31. hand lea11e flour marks on his coat.] [Enter MRS. sees the flour .mark!.] MRS. DARCY. It is no wonder we have to wait fo(supper. Daniel, I am ashamed of you. [To Eda.] .As for you--DAN. Mother, she has done nothing to be ashamed}or. [Meg:and Kitty overhear.] MRS. D. Defer explanations. [To Kitty.] Hurry snpper-we are hungry. [To Dan.] I think they will get along faster if yvu do not hinder them. Come. [Exeunt Mrs. D. and Dan.] EDA.. [Weeping.] 0, dea.r -0, dear. [Goes L.) KITTY [Following.] What's the matter? EDA. Nothing. [Sits at the small table and puts her head down on it.] KITTY. Has the young doctor been making love to you_? EDA. Yes-yes-I guess so. [Sobs.] KITTY, How dared he insult you? EDA. [Looking up. ] 'T-t-twasn't insulting. KITTY. Then what are you crying for?EDA. B-b-beca.use his mother caught him at it. [Kitty laughs.] MEGG. [Solemnly.] I hoped that you, at_least, we1e not a frivo-lous young woman. EDA. Nor am I. This young gentleman was Lnot msultmg, be cause he did not intend to be. I c ried because his mother caught him, for I do net wish to b e d egraded in her eyes. If she had not come I would have told him that he mut!t never, never again speak to me as he had done. [ Megg iakes the pan of bl'.scuits and puts them into the oven of the range Kitty puts awa'JI the moulding board and rolling pin.] 0, to b e compelled to explam to servants; yet how better than they am I? I canuot endure this life much longer. I must find some other refuge. [Exit L.] [.Enter DOLLY, u. E. She has soniething in a paper in her hand. She places a chafr at the fr01it of the tabl
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' 8 .-amo][e than air in thla room. rLoo"3 into the bowl of the JJ;>e.] tobaoco ia burning yet. Kitty I [Kitty enters.] Pu tbil 1D t.b 1tove. [Hands her the pipe.] BEN. Mrs. D arcyMRS. D Call me mother. REN. Mother, I wouldn't lose that pipe for fifty dollars. [Gou to Kitty and reaehe8for the pipe, whirh shi-. h ands to him.] MRS. D. [Sharyly.] Kitty I [Kitty snatches the pipe awa.1rfrom Ben.] Put it in the stove. LKitt?I ab'>ttt to pttt the pipe into the atove, when Megg enter8, takes it, examines it, knock out cind ruts it into his pocket. Ben and Dolly go to R., 1he quiet.no him. DoLLY. Where's your father? BEN. He has gone to a supper of capitaliAts in hopes to briD& about the sale of some shares in the Bu.by Mine. Mils. D. Ah, he is a man who understands and perfor.ma the duties th9't society puts upon him. [Enter DAN, u. E.] Dil. Is supper ready yet? Sit down and eat something, Ben ; it' half a day since you had dinner. Come, Dolly. (Kitty bring food and puts it on the table. Shll and Dan ,plaoe chairs. Mrs. Darcy sits hac!.-, D e m at the front, Bm a.t th.e right, afld DoU11 at the left. Kitty brings in a teapot. Ben tuoks his napkin unde r his chin, and keeps the smolring oa.p cm hill head.] Mas. D. [Pom'"ing tea.] Why, Benjamin, I thought I ha.d broken you of that bad habit of turking your napkiu yo.urchin: B:EN. [Taking the napkin down and spreading it on hi lap.] Well, you've been away a d ay, and the interval of freedom:MRS. D. [Passing cups.] Eh? BEN. l inadvertently fell back into an old custom. [AU eat. Kitty stands by the table and waits on them. M1gg u btutl at the stove.] :MRS. D. Speaking of bad habits, B enjamin, couldn't you break yourself of coming into the house without wiping your boot1 on the mat? DAN. Mother, why don't you let B e n :ilone? MRS D. When B enjamin came inio the Darcy family he m?Bt have expected to conform to the Darc y usages. I am simpl_y teaching him the usages. [Looking at Kitty.] a.re you waitmg on the table for? Where's Eda? DAN. You surel y don't want her to do a menial's work. MRS. D. She must make herself useful w hile she is a dependent here. [ToKitty.l Caliber. rKittygouojfL. DAN. She It> a ladv, mother. ldRs. D. May be. l Enter ED.A., wipina her eyes.] i MRs. D. We want you h ere. [Eda goes to leftYront of the tabr. antl stands there qttietiy,) Y o u h a>u been crying What for? [Dan taJres hold of Eda' s hand. 11-frs. DarC?J rises and leans over the tabl to see what he is doing. Eda p1tlls h e r hand away.] What's that t DAN. I was feeling her pulse MRS. D. (Sits down. ] Um-m. DAN. She is not well, mother. Mns. D She bad better go up stairs until we get through eating. EDA. Thank you. [Exit u E.] MRS. D She is a very strangtJ girl. DOLLY. A strange girl indeed. [Kitty Btands back of Mre. Darey.) DJ..N. Let us treat her considerately. I am sure she bu liTecl la reftnement, if not in luxury. She has seen better days. KITTY. Indeed she has, sir. rAll look at Kitty enguinng1g.] DAN. Do you know anything about her? KITTY. fHesitatingly.J No, sir. MRS. D. Benjamin, won't vou please take off that cap? It wu not intendid to be worn at the table. (BJ:N takes off the cap and drops it on the floor. Exit HEGG r.. En. ter DARCY, u. 11. He is very animated.] Mas. D. Is the dinner over? DARCY. No-yElB. That is to say. eating is nearly over, and the drinking is well under way. They will get to the speeches soon.L and I have come after mine. Ben was to write one for me, and l went away without it. So I ca1!3e. around for lt. BEN. It is up stairs. I'll get it ma second [Exi t u. :e:.] l\lRs, D. Benjamin writing a speech for yon? DARCY Ah-well-you understand I wish to encourage min. is a rising man, and naturally feels flattered by my usma hiil compoaition. [Ente r BEN. KITTY crosses to L.] BEN. [H6tnding a paper to Darcy.] Here it is. DA.ROY. [To Ben, aside.] Did you get in a glowing pa111&1 aboa. he monied interest? BEN. Yes. DARCY. And a.bout the bulwar}rs of social dignity? !JEN. Yes. DARCY. All right. Ah-by the way-lenrl me five dollars. There are incidental expenses, and hands him a bill.] Thank you. [Aloud. ] I must hurry ha.ck. 'lhey await my speecli; f Exit.] DOLLY. I am afraid papa has been drinking too much wine. [Mrs. Darcy rises and puta her hand11 to her mouth.] llRs. D. For heaven's sake what is in thfl biscuit? [Puts hw nap-kin to her mouth.] DAN. [Picking "Pa pill from the table.J Here's one of my fenr pills. You must have eaten one. MRs. D. Ugh, how nasty I [Rubi her mouth vigoroualy With tM napkin.] Bah-h? How did it get on my plate? DOLLY. l guess I did it. I spilled some on the table. MRs. D. You and Benjamin would do well to come down ou of the clouds and pay more attention to thing on earib. 'You 'ba-.. been married long enough to stop love making. BEN. But this was pill making. MRS. D. Boo-ugh I [Exit.] 1'oLLY. Come, Ben-we must go up and make peace with m&m ma. [Rises. ] BEN. fRising.] And make peace with the enemy. DoLLY. 0, how can you speak so of mamma? BEN. Easily enough. [Exeunt Ben and Dolly.] DAN. f Aside. [ Kitty said she knew something about Eda. I wonder if she has discovered Eda's secret. I don't know why m7 charming cousin should so persistently conceal her relatiGnship ; but that is no business of mine. I must ascertain, though, what it ill that this girl knows. [ .Aloud.l Kitty; come here. [She go to him.] You know something about Eda-Miss Eda. What is it? KITrY. Nothing at all, sir. DAN. Yes, you do. KIT'lY. No, sir. DAN. [Severely.] Tell me instantly. -KITTY. How can I, when I don't'know? DAN. [Aside.] I can't drive her-so I mut coax. [Taku her bv th. e hand, and draws her nearer.] .Come now, like a nice little wo man, tell me what you know about Miss Eda. KITTY. I promised her I wouldn't. [He pats her under the chin.] But 31 you insist [He puts an arm around her waist], I've got to obey. All I lmow-[He, intent on hearing, lets go of h e r] is juat nothing at all. [He takes hold of her again, afld makes her 1it on fais knee.] [!!Jnter ED.A., u. JC, She looks at them in .urprise, and u unseen bll them.] EDA. [Aside.] 0, the monster of a filrt. KITTY. Come to think of it, I do r emember 1omething (Dcin We IJO of her again], but-DAN. [Aside.J There seems to be but one wa.1 of her talk. [Li>oking around.) I hope nobody sees us. LHug her KITTY. She is an actress. DAN. Is that all you know about her? [Enter MEGG, L. He .tarts at :tight of them.) M'.EGG. [Aside ] Merciful powers I J.She's backsliding again. KITrY. That is all. DA.N. [.Aside.1 I must jog her memory. [Kissu her.) KITTY. I don t know any more. fMegg totter olf, L. DAN. (!O of.Kitty., carelessly.] I knew that before. :g'.ITTY. [.A8ide.J Wish I could remember something else. [Dan listlessly picks up Ben's smoking cap, and puts it on. DA...'l. Ben's cap just fits me. P oo r f ellow-mother does not peek at him. Eda is an orphan-no mother-consequently no mother-in law for her husband. MEGG. rEntering, L. Picks up a lcnifefrom the table.] I would like to perforate the blooming rascal with tll i s [ f lv ttdshe" the knife while piling up the dishe'I for remova l .] Down, t
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, 9 KJ?oo. [Sticking hl Mad in at the door, L.] like to'kill him. (FlouriahU a knife. Draws baelc.] EDA. fDisengaging herself.] Somebody sees u11. -DAN. Dome, I must talk with you, now that I kr\OW your feelin". f&eunt Eda. ancfiDan, u J:. MEoo. [Entering.] I will slay him now, and repent Q.t my leisure. 0, perfidious Kitty [Goes to the door, u. E .. and listP.ns.] They are in the hallway talking. [Turns clown the lamp. The shadow of Dan and Eda appear, sharply defined, on the white curtain at the window. The11 stand facing each other, and very/ close together. r Dan still wears Ben's smoking cap Megg 1egards the shadow.] Shall I stab them both to their hearts through the curtain? (Brandishu the knife.] That would require two knives; and besides, I don't believe they've got any hearts. A.h I have it. [Goes into the Jritchen, g ets a piece of charcoal and return. Dwing his absence 'Dan and Eda do a little "shadow pantomime, he drawiug her -and she coyly reststiug.] I will secure undoubte d proof-thus. [H rapi-dly draws with the charcoal on the curfoin the outline of the 1hadows-f allowing tracing previously made, and continuing his 1peech while he works.] Keep perfectly quiet, but wink as often as you pleas e. That's right, assume a pleasant expression-you sinnen. There's a Erofile. 0 the villa.in, I wonde r which he is? The cap 1hows-it s Mr. Merkle; and he a husband. I'll be particular about the 1'.a.p. [They move away. Megg tunis up the lamp, and tear down the curtain, which he roll.9 up. Gvcs into the kitiMn, spreadl ,out the curtain, and contemplates it agiftitedly:I [Enter DAN He tlwows the cap on the table. Enter BEN.] D.a.N. Ben, old fellow, you're from successful wooing ; tell me how you did it. BEN. Well, I hardly know. It seemed to do itself. DAN. You're a lawyer, and talk is .easy for you. That's your ad Tantage. BEN. [Sits.] You're a physician, and understand tem,perament1. That's your adTantage. But are you in love? DAK. Yee. ,-BEN. No? DAN. Indeed I am. BEN. With whom? D..l.N. Eda. BKN. The deuce. She's a mere dependent. D..l.N. Yes, temporarily; but a lady. BEN I know she has a lady's manner. She's been a puzzle to but I suppose before capturing her you took the pains to learn who ltnd what she is? DAN. I know that stress of unfortunate circumstances forced her into her.present position; and I haven't captured her. BEN. She doesn't return your passion? D.ut. I believe 1he does, but I can't make sure of it. [Enter DOLLY, u. E.] DOLLY. O, BEN; where have you been so long? BEN. I only went out to smoke a cigar. You your motht burned my pipe, and forbade me to smoke in the house. [Ji}nter MRs. DA.ROY and KITTY, MEGG entr-1s. with the curtain rolled up in his hand, and stands a t the l Pft side of the table. All tlu others stand at the right of the table ] MEoo. [Speaks as though exhorting .] Brethren sisters 4ng at Kitty] and sinn :r, I wish to call your attention to a su'hJect that me and I think. will interest" you all. [Strikes this table with the cu'rtain.] pi<:ture represenf'.8-a man and a woman, in proximity. I arew this picture from life. The couple stood outside that window, and the shadow-the tell-tale my hearers-fell upon the curtain )-llBs. DARCY. Who are they? :HEGG. The miserable woman is my wife. KITTY. No 'tisn't-1 can prove an alibi. I've been up stairs all the time. M.a:GG. Didn't I see you sitting on his nib's lap right on thJS spot 1 l could not discover who he was, but the female was you. KlTrY. I don't care I wasn't in the hallway. DOLLY. She has been upstairs with me for the last flfteenminutea. :MEGG. Then whose konk is this? [All look at the curtain closely, Dan.] KITTY. See I That's not my back hair. MRs. D, Why, its Eda. DOLLY. Yes, it's Eda. MRS. D. Who is the man? '.MEGG. [Picking up Ben'-a smoking eap. l The wearer of this 011.p DOLLY. [Screams.] 0, its my husband. Mlts. D. 0, Benjamin, Benjamin. [Dolly falls into a chair. Ben goes to her, but 1he repulsu him hylte. rically.] HRs. D. Don't dare to touch her. Come, my poor. insulted child. [Helps Dolly up and atarts toward the door.] BEN. [Following.] On my word-DoLLY. Go away. I don't love you. [Exeunt Mr1. D., DoUy an(j Kitt11, u. :z. ] BEN. I assure you, Dan, I wasn't the man, though the circumetan tial evidence is strong against me D.a.N. No ; but I was. I wore your cap. BEN. Then for heaven's sake confess. Don't let an innocent man be destroyed that a guilty man may escape. DAN. I will-in the morning. I must have time to re8ect. I'm not like you-I can't act on the spur of the moment. Bu. I.know; but what about the spur of my mother-in-law r [Exeunt Dan and Ben, u. E. Enter MEGG, L.) HEGG. I have been saved from shedding blood [Rolll up lhe eurlain.] I can go to bed with a clear conscience. !Enter EDA.] Hl!:oo. I was just closing up for the nli[bt. EDA. Very well [Sitting bg the table.] I only want sit here a few minutes. MEoo. You have been crying again. Have they been. seoldins 7ou?. l EDA, Not more than I deserved 2 HEGG. I B'llppose not. Good night. rEa:it.}. EDA. I must go a..vay from this house. (A noiae at tM windoto .L.) What is that? [Robynson l ifts the sash, and cautiOU1l'I/ 1tep1 in. Eda rises in alarm.] What do you want? ROBYNSON. I saw you alone, and-EDA. And you thought I was unprotected. But I am not. [Gou toward door, u. E.] RoBYl'!SON. [A.side.] Lovflli e r than ever. I must engage her for my reorganized company. EDA. [Aside.] Muttering to hims elf. Villains always do that. advances toward her.] I will call for help. :: ROBYNSON.' Listen. You must go with me. EDA. He wants to abduct me. ( Retreat1. He seizes her b1J the vtrist. She screams.) ROBYNSON. Silence I [List ens. ] You have roused the house," and I must escape. [Goe s into thle. Sita on Ille bask of the latter chair, his feet in it, and rests hil gun 411111i"Osa lheforme7.J Now let b.im come, and although-I am now a man of peace, I will blow hill laead off the gun.]

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I I to 1 [Dcrcp puf hu hmd in at the kitchen toindow. He ia 1'ery lirunk. DilOY. Luckily this win,dow's o p en. I'll just 11lip in quietly [putt in one foot, and steps h eavily on the f fo o1], and Darcy'll never know how drunk l a.m. KEGG. Steady, H e r e i s the burglar. DA.BOY. [Throunng the other leg over the window &ill.] Softly, toftly. Ml:OG, [Taking del i berate a i m ] I hate to take the life of a hu ID&ll being, but duty compels mt. [ D1rcy tumble& into flu room.] Cter DAN, BEN, DOLLY, KITTY, E D A and Mus. DARCY. }(:s:GG 11tands t P fa the chafr.J { lr!Rs. D Did you hit him 1 DOLLY. 0, my "'-llogel'lwr. BEN. Did h e come back? DAN. Where is he? KITTY. 0, gracious. [ D r trot1 riau unsteatlilt1.] JIEGG. Take care, h e is mov i1114. I wiJJ g ivl! hi.in the other ba.r-nl. [.Aim.!.] DARCY. [Staggering to h i H feet and s howing hia kat, one side of illhieh ia torn awa11, and is on fire.] You've spoiled my h-hat I [NoTJ:.-lf it should be desfrablt> to m a k e four a ::ti:J, the third could oa here with a tableim. In that ell.cit-, thP. Mceue of the fourth act would be in the sitting room of the but irobably it would be bet19r to co right OD without droppin6' the curtam.) DoLLY. Supporting Darey. J P oo r papa ; he i .i 11ervou11. DilOY. [Swaying whi h slie h o lds him up. ] Ver; much unstrung, 'daughter. HRS. DARCY. Poor, dear man. [Supporting him on t114 other -'de.) DaOY. Poor, dear gentleman, wife-say gentleman. .A.lw:ay.t Virginia gentleman. [Goes of!, u E., .upport.er l by Dolly and M1s. D. lbGG. He needs repose. [Takei the ch rir iff the table.j Kitty, they may want you. EDA. I hope he is not ill. [Exit, u. E.) KITTY. Hartin has often been taken ju11t thu.t way. Jhoo. Not since my reformation. [E:i:it, with Kitty, u. E.) fDan takes a eat on the table and Ben a11fl-ide a chair. Ben lookt diteonsolate.] DAM. Well, Ben, what' s the trouble? BEN. Your mother has taken Dolly away from me. What's the wih 1ou? DAN. I'm m downright love with Eda, and she won't let me make ilove to her. How can I help you? Bu. By convincing your mother and your s i s t e r that I didn't make one of the shadows that M:egg drew. D.AN. It was my shadow, as I will prove ,tfl the m So it will be euy to get you out of your difi kulty l!y cu.sc is harder. Come, now-you're a lawyer-you're used t o labyrinths-;!ive me ad-vice. BllN. State your oase ; and r e m ember tha t "' w i s dient conceal aotbing from his lawyer. DAN. It i1 simply that I love the girl, ant.I I believe she love. me; a>ut 1he says I musn't, and she muen't; and s h e made me promi.ee not 'to 1peak to her again on the subject. Bo. Promises in love count for nothing. D.Alf. Well, I shouldn' t likti to break my word with her. BEN fMeditatively.J You promised n o t to speak to her on the 1ubjeci again. DAN. Yes. Bu. Then don't. Dil. Ohl BEN. But write to her. DAN. Brilliant thought. What lball l writeJ Bo. How do I know what you want to say Dil. I want to tell her that I 11.m 0 1mvinced we love ell.Oh otheT,' aacl that it iB due me she should e x pb.in u y S hll rfo..ie<1 111e tl' lll\t's 1he bare idea, but I want it embe Jlish\ld. Cma .. Ben, you've p asse d "through the ordeal of courtship-Bu. And am passing the oruea.l o f m othe r-in -law, DAN. Draft a for m e anti thirn I w ill copy it. [ F'ifuts paper .,. the table, Teari it out of a n o te-book. ] l BzK. All right. [Sits andw1 itu.] .. U rli:og g 1 : DAM. Isn't that too prwumptuo u d Bu. No, no. Strong langua11:e -str .>n:< :vl'l q l' et-i; he;t in t h i s eaae. [Writea.) "I promise d that I woul.J 1 1 0 t ;wak t o : on :ig .du uu theeubjectof my love The refore, I w r ite to say tha.t"->[Enf1r DoLLT u. Ben turn,, the papr r orer m 1 ihe fo.bl.e. an. t lu ok.; around, then tiirns his b(1ck on Dolly.) D.or Dolly why have you d eserted yom 'h 1 A lnn1l? DoLLY. Mamma made me; a n d, b M i d1i, l '"' '! t.n. fai'ru1e111 [Begina to cry.], and h e s br-b.r<>ke1l my 111\h<'.n: DAN. How? DoLLY. You know w ell enou g h. H'l m : \c\'-' lcw0 to E.Ja DN. Don't Bay anything dis pl\ragi111.r ,.f 11,,,., DoLI.Y I w ouldn' t if s he'd only l""'" e DAM. [Laughs.] She hasn' t trouf.ole.i H l k won't e e n l e t me '.._te love to her. Dou.Y. You? DAI' It waa [who figured with h e r M ilh o uetw a little while ago DoLLT. It was Ben' s cap. DA.N. But I wore it. DoLLY [Looking Dam sea rchingly itt the jo. e J You w ouldn't fool your sister ? D.Alf, I am not fooling y ou-I a.m telling yvu lhll trnt h. lDolly run to Ben and puts her a rm11 aro11nd liim.. He f ace.1 hf!,r with dignity, b 11t w ithout aml :ih e ret r 1iata ] Bu. You have wounde d me with your u u ,iust li trus t. DoLLT. O well, I don't w a n t t u nrn.ke up H f lll dont. [2urn" w back on him; looks over her ah o itldu "b.t lrim, "nd the t i .JIOU to hm again.] Y e s I do, B e n Bu. [Aside.] I will dictate terrn<:1 of p1:<11.c... [A.lumt.] .d1e you fully convinced that I am innor.Hnt 'l Doi.LY. Yee. Bu. Will you e v e r agai n permit your m other to set you iQp a@inatme? DoLLY. No. Bu. Then come to my arms. L[TAq embrace and 1he ait1 i1i hi1 lap. She 11tes tM letter on the table and picics i t 1 tp. RiBtH.] Doi.LY. What is this I Why i t -"'"\r i1 ,11d writing [Re.adii.) .. Darling EdaI promised tha t I would not t o yo u again on tbembjectofmylove." Oh-hl l'mg oin g t o faint. [Throwi t114 i.tl.,. on th.II table.] DAX. Don' t. DoLLY. Y 88 I will. [She tottera and Ben her. She 1 vriggles -oul of hi arm.a.] Don' t t o u c h mt'I you lt>d [ o r some other ap,,op,;ate adfectiv.] wr etch "'{A'nfw Mu. DilCT, u. z. Doll11 run11 to her, tmcl hidea her fau-on her 1h cmlder. J lbs. D. What n e w insult has that bad upon you ? DoLLY. Yee, bad manb a d me.a -bad busbanct--bad brother boo-hoo-oo I Bo. l can explain-DoLLY No, he can't. I found a l o v e letter !.hat he had begun 'to write to that woman. DAN. Don't be absurd, D olly. DoLLY Tha i hu88 y must go. DAM. Thia is a misunderstanding Jrlu. D. My eon, do you array y ourself with him against your siettlr? Shame I Come, D o lly. [Exeu,nt;lfr s D. a n d D olly. ] BEN. Well, what now? Dil. Your case now requires ht!roic treatme n t. Y o u must go away, pretending J:OU intend n e v.:r t o 1 ; 1>mfl back I'll meet you, and report on the e1tuat1on Bu. l believe that is the best thing to do. DA1' Of course it i1. Bo. But I don' t wish to ca.use D o lly any more pain than is necee.ary-nor to break the dear 11;irl's h e'l.r t I tDAN. If I detect.any sy_mptorns of hi>art o]i..;1ml.r I'll p u t her unde r medical treatment imme di a t e l y Bo. Thank you. Now I'm off [Goe,,i low<.t'r: t u. E ) DlN. Hold on. Wha t a b out my c ase? Bu. I d e clare, Da.u, I forgot all abou t it. r Ooea t o the_ table.] l',ll ilnish the letter b e for e I go. [Sita rluwn. 1111r l .muoths out the s h e et.]' ., Let's see. [Readl.) "I write to i;;\) 1h ; of BeA: w h11, unaole to ate p '"'hit llalano and l ipa over. Da' r l liim.J Bo. I'm not use d to n a rro"" 1ba. D [Out1ide J Let m e in. [ShrlKt:4 tlie d .'or.] D.AJ'. All rig h t mothe r [To B en.l Now y o u ma.st cover y o'nr head, and keep Bo. I muatn t stand iri'.t h e m i .I H e of th<> r"'1m. IP.a n m e in a corner. [Dan eaf'riea him to th111frte b 6'.,rita ,_, hi-ni again.,t it, .,. 11N tide toward the audie'Jlee, and thf,, nlocks thtJ r t o o r .] MM. D and cmr.r. hi1t head.:! Mu. D. What was t h e door Iockeu f ,)r t [She u n d Doll y g o to L c., ond dean& toilh their backs toward Ben 1 Do. I must have d o n e i t ina.dve r t+.ntly Jiu. D Where is Benjam i n ? [ B e.1 w1 cove r M11 114ad. ] Dil. H e has gone a 'W&y. DoLLY. Gone. DAN. Yes. H e said he could not h ear t h J 11Tijm 1 t s u s pi c i o n e o f hi1 "lrifo and mother-in-Jaw any longer DoLLY. Will he be baek hy breakfast time? DAN. Baek by bniakfast timer O f ;ourf!4l not. H e may DeYer "'wome back. Dor.LT. Poor, &. fellow

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r Ir 11 rBen one arm out of the bag, throws a toward DoR11,"'and put his hand on hill heart. ] :MRs. D I would like to "poo r dear fello\v" him. [Ben ahahea hia gst her.] I expected to find him h e re, and to te11 him that, under the circumstances, I c o uld no bng;e r r ecognize him a s a son-in-law D.A._N [Looking b evond Mrs D. an'1 DoU11 at Ben.] He} escaped JUSi m time. [Ben nods assent.) : MRS. D. His conu11ct has been outrageous. [Ben, in his exoited ae.,ti.cu! r1lirm, hits the ndboarcl. Then he hastily covers his head, cmd leans atiffeu against the duk a.J flu women look in his direction.] DOLLY. What is that in a bag. (Goe11 toward Ben, and it2about Co touch him.] DAN. [Sharpl11.] Be careful I DOLLY. What is it? DAN. I didnt mean yon should kno1 v, and that is theJrealJrea1on why the door was locked. we physic ill.ns are compelled i;o supply our dissecting ioom with bodies- MRS. D. And you have hr,mght a dead body into the house? DOLLY. [Rc ti-eating from Ben.] 0, good gracious. [Shivr.] DAN. I didn't intend to, but it was delivered here by mistakt>, and I was going to h .tve it take n right over to my oili c e, without you know anything about i t DOLLY. It i s hol'l'ibl e [Goes close to Mrs. D.] l!Rs. D. [To Doll.11.] I don't believe it. raoes fo Ben'and. ticl.Za him. He m o ves in the bag. I So this is a body for dissection. What makes it move? D.t..N. Mus cula r action, m e r e ly. I'll explain it to you. MRS. D I w ill see if I c '.lnnot inci te m o r e mllscul&r action. [Tah11 "pin ont of h e i dres s and sticks it into Be>l. He lides to the floor, in a tritting posture, and h i head i1 exposed.] I thought s o DOLLY. 0, B e n I m s o gla d you haven't gone. [Helps him out .of the bag.] HRS D [Pnlling Dolly away.] Girl, where ia your spirit? [Ente1 DARCY, u. h:., with hia hand to hi8 head. DOLLY and MRS. D. go, R J DA.ROY. [To Dan.] Son, I wish to consult with you professionally. DAN. About what 1 DARCY. My health, of course I have a dreadful headache, a burning fever, a. twitching of the n e rves, a depressingalanguor, and horrible cramps in the stomach. D.t..N. Is that all? D.t..JtcY. Son you will nev e r imild up a practice if you disparage your patients' ills. R es pect fo r your father, too ought t o disincline you to levity. DAN. [Feeling D m cy a pulse. ] Show me your tongue. [Darcu 1how1 hii tongue.] I will writo prescription for you. [Sita and writes.] D.t..RCY. It occur::1 t o rn e t hat so1nothi11g to be ta.ken in gin and Beltzer would m y c ase. [Loolco11 over Dan' 1houlder.] Make it reasonably palatable my s o n. DAN. [Handing Darl :y prescription. ] Therfl-[ think that will help you, if y o u A.re for a. few days. DARCY. Son, look a.t me, sir. Do I not set an picio c L tha t circ umu tance s have woven, and to d e mand of t h is jury-juror-a v erdict of a cquittal. I call as m y 1h-st witnP.SS Mr. Da.n D clTC, V Ta.ke t h e stand. D m. rDan goes to the right of Darcy. 'l' o Meg g.] C ; ill your wife [Exil l:regg, B. To Dan.] You have s een, sir, tbe picture 11hown by the last witneBR? DAN. Yes. BEN. Do you know who the lady is 7 DAN.9j_Eea Warrick. BEN. Who is the man_? D.t..N. Myself. JilRs. D. Nonsense. I it. BEN. I appea l to the Court-is my witness to be insulted; ? j DARCY. Proceed. DAN. I wore your cap, and I was in earnest conversation with the lady. BEN. Now about this letter? D.t..N. You were writing it for m e-a.t my request. BmN. [To Mrs. D ] Any questions? llRS. D No BEN. That will;do. [Enter MEGG and KITTY.] KITTY Mr. Robynson is outs ide. Ht'! say s will y o u give him a chance to explain. H e p articularly wants to s e e Miss Warrick. Bm.r. This trial cannot be inte n upted. K itty. take the stand. DAN. Megg. tell him I am busy now, but I'll c ome ouc and kill him in half an hour, if h e will wait. [Exit Megg.] [Kitty .Jta nds at the right of Darcy. ] Bn. Did ;you let me in :i.t the front doo r last night;, t1oon after the late supper ? KITTY. Yes sir. BEN. Had you seen me. just b efore, smoking in front of the house-becau s e my m other-in-law h a d -DJ.ROY. Coun: ie l had b etter confine his que!l tions to the matter at -il!JSUe. BEN. Well, had you seen me smoking? KITTY. Yes, sir. BEN. That will do. HEG. Will you ask h e r s i r if man hadn't \ ieaed her, ill tile kitchen? KITrY. I decline to anatrer. BP. Was l ibai DWl? ..,,. ___ \

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a 12 KIT'lY. No, sir. [Kittu goes to R., and, willl Megg, li!tens !ntu 11t1dly.] Bi:N. The de nee rests. [Sits down.] DA.ROY. You ill sum Ul_) first. I suppose? BEN. [Ri3ing, and runnin(l hi1fingeN1 thiough hair.] If your Honor pleases [bows t o DmcyJ, and L.dy o f tl1e jury [lioa:s to Dolly), this trial has tlemonsi;rated the unreli:tbility circumBtantial evi -dence. My client came ihto this court [ad ares 1 e 1 himself to Dolly, and gest'iculatesfreelfj], accused of slighting the love of hiH wifethe bride of a month. He win go out o f it, I am sure, freed of suspicion by a verdict of ar.quittal. In thti handB of such a juror, so intelligent, so fair-minded. s o sympathetic [Dolly shows satisfaction]. he is safe, But what is the evidence? The prosecution [shakes his forefinger at Mrs. Daroyj, and here I may s:.i.y the prosecutmg officer, has showed a vindictiveness, a malevo[.,nue. s0l, you :Gud me ai:ting in a judicial capacity, and in an affair from which I mWJt not be dis-tracted. MRS. SHAFTO. But I could explain in a few wordsDARCY. [Rapping or the ta&le.] Please stand asid e [During the rest of Ben's speec h Mrs, ghafto and Alonzo tJhow thf liveliest interest by eccentric panton&ime.] BEN. As I was to ask, What does prove? !Vhr, that the man was Daniel D arcy ; that.my client wa3 tlHm smokmg in the street, and that the letter was a draft for Daniel D tircy to copy and use. As I look upon the jury, and see its face lighted by good nee1 and intellectuality [Dolly smiles as though ple ased], I f eel that this prisoner is sm e of j ustice. Ah, h e has sulfer.:JJ. through these false accusations. [Dolly wipes her e ves with he,. ha ndherchief.] Gentleme n of the jury, I see you are affected to tea.rs-raindrops of mercy falling from heavens tha. t are usually blue and bright, but are now clouded with pity. [Dolly i11 agitated.] I apJ d al w your' finer feelings. My client loves his wife. [ Vehema1itl,7." liy client does not love his mother-in-law. My client rests couthi1;nt in t!:ie anticipation that your verdict will restore him to the wif3 he loves, and defend him against tile mothe1-in-law. [Sita down, and re8to hia h1ad in his hands.] DOLLY. [Rising e;ecitedly.] Not guilty. D.1.P.CY. Wait. The prosecution has made no a.ddres3, and I have not delivered my charge. Dou..Y. Never mind. Do all that afterwards. The jury say1 unanimously, "Not guilty!" [Ben embracu her. Dan, Megg, Mrs. Shafto, Alonzo and Kitty applaud.] MRs. D. But I --[Ri1i11g.] BEN. [With one arnl around Dolly.] When in th3 course of human events, it become necessary for a m a n to deda.re him free and independent of his moll er-in-law,he ought to bimseJf clearly un derstood. Hereafter, emboldened by thio vindica.tion, and nerved by his victory, I will submit to no dictation, to no interference, to no nsense. RB. D. 0, O, 0 I [ Falls in her chair, and ft.L11s herself. Megg s the curtain in glee. Mr$. D. seu him. 'l'o Megg.] You will house, both of you, at the end of your month. Y. 0, mamma. What is it to you? Yoll and your ;hu3band will go, of [Ben and Dolly gv to L. E1itel' Eda.] .Aml you, too, may You are responsible for most of tb.iaJtrouble. came to tell you that I must go. Rising. ] But she must not go until I have said that she has d indecorously in all this trouble. I loved her, truly and y; I sought to convinee her uf that, and rn learn whether e. She r epulsed me, g ently, b11t J.,cidedly. TO. [To Eda.] Ah, my dear, you are here, are you? It u that I ma.de the journey across this awfully broad fter you went away, a man came hunting for you. SON? .. MRS. SBA.FTO. tour in Virginia. rick--No ; but he was the man that put this man on your in! [Enter RoBYNSON, unob.served. ]. No, not a villain. Robynson, you see, went 'on a Thers he happened to find out that Miss Eda War-EDA, Stop. MRS. SHA.FTO. That Miss Warrick's real name was Darcy. DAN. The secret is out. I have known all alo n g lbllat she is our cousin. MRs. SHAFTO. But that isn't all. She has been d efrauded out of her rights as an h eiress EDA. That isn't news to me. MRs. SHAFTO. Wait, wait, wait Do you suppnse I came all this jolting way without something that was uevi;? H S"ClilH that a lawyer had found a way to recover all your prnppri.y, but couldn't learn where you'd;tone. Mr. Robynson ut him vn t w l 'igh track, afl.11 you were traceif to my hCluse. y elk> took of hunting you up. .Alonzo g o rountl to the office bnng m my trunk. [Exit .Alonzo.] There are some papers in it to pro_ve that your fortune is all safe in Virginia, waiting: for you to grab it. DAN. Eda, I congratulate you. DA.ROY. [Gra1ping her The son but a.ntiei.pa tes the father. I do not so much felicitate you upon your r<'
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