Phryne : or the romance of a young wife.


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, PHR .t 11 RIAL TO SERVICE BUREAU MIMEOGRAPHING AND TYPING 229 WEST 42ND STREET NEW YORK CITY WISCONSIN 97,a ,.

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PHRYNE Or -THE ROXAHCE OF YOUNG WIFE ! !!!! !!!!! Ori~nal _lliz In Five Acts ---DION BOUCICAULT Property ot Mrs. Josephine Thorndyke Boucicault c/o Samuel French 25 est 45th Street New York, N. Y.

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CHARACTERS MARK CARRINGTON JACK 01BEIRNE . SHIRLEY VEREKER MAJOR-GEN. SIR DUDLEY COLPOYS LORD HURLINGHAM GUS VENABLES BUNYON LORD BILLERIOAY MRS. FOXHALL DOWNEY PHRYNE RITA MARTINEZ , BARB/\RA LADY FLORENCE MASKYLINE THE COUNTESS RIVIERA MISS KATE RIDEOUT LADY GOODWOOD MAGGIE DUS'!' ) ( Members of the Monte Carlo Club. ) ....... Scene 1s laid in and near London. At the Present Day.

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PHRYNE Or -THE ROMANCE OF A YOUNG WIFE ACT ONE

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ACT ONE Mayfair, London, 1887 . A suite or rooms in the house or Mark Carrington. Dinner service on table, R.C. PHRYNE is seated at fire R. r-eading a novel. Doors R . and L . MUSIC Enter BUNYON, with wood-basket, L . Bunyon The fire is getting low, ma'am; would you wish a hextra log? Phryne No. Yes; as you please. (Enter MAGGIE, R. to L. of table R.) Bunyon Here is the evening paper. (At back of R. table) Phryne Thank you; leave it there. ' (BUNYON Xes to fireplace) Maagie (Back of R. tableJ I've brought you a cup of tea, ma'am. You have since one o'clock; it has gone half-past eight. Phryne And dinner was ordered for seven. Maggie took nothing BELL -The cook say the fish ain't fit to serve, and the entrees-is al,l sp1led. Phryne Your master was never so late before. (Bell.rings) Ah! at last! There be 1a. (BUNYON hastens out, R.) Bow good all our servants are. They take my little troubles to heart as if they were their own.

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(PHRYNE ri~es puts book on mantel. Pours out tea L. goes to L . ot table) Maggie . Because 7ou are so good to us. sweet looks and kind word.a goes further than wages. This here is the banniwersacy ot your weddin'-da7, and we keep it in the kitchen, ma'am, with a jubilee. It is on now! The cook have made a wedding-cake with a mottur atop in candy, "our missus, God bless her!" and the stable purwides two bottles of champagne, which you was not to heer on, for fear you would send in the spread yourself, ma•am. Oh, we did not forget what day this was! (Re-enter BUNYON with telegram on salver. L . to c.) Phryne A message! (Goes c . ) (She tears it open and reads) "House of Commons. 8:15. Detained here. Important division in the House. Ministerial crisis. Don't wait. Mark." Mr. Carrington is not coming home to dinner. (Xes to fireplace} (0. ) Bunyon Shall we servie it, ma•am. Phryne No! I-I want nothing. (Goes to fireplace) (Exeunt MAGGIE and BUNYON C. & L.) Oh, I am a child! a fool! Shall I never be as other women, and have a life apart from him? Oh, my love is so sweet, I can not turn it out of my thoughts. If I read a -novel I begin comparing the hero with mine. (Throws book on table) If I take a walk my eyes ar, searching for his figure everywhere, expecting him to turn the corner. (Bell rings) . Oh, it ma7 be Mark. (Runs to the window) BELL -There 1s a hansom cab at the door! Oh! it 1s only Mrs. Downey. (Xes down L . ) (Outside) Mrs. Downey Many thanks; I can find my way. . ( She enters)

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You see I take 7our dove cot b7 storm. (0.) Carrington is fixed at the house. The Irish question is in the programme. That means all night! Wigs on the green! So I mean to carry 7ou of~ for the evening. I have the royal double-box at the Opera, and two of the loveliest women that ever were photographed. You must make the third! (To mirror R . ) After the opera, Lad7 Florence proposes a little supper at the club. (R.) The Monte Carlo? (L.) Phryne Mrs. Downe7 Now, don't look horrified! You are a member. Phryne M7 dear Downe7, I told 7ou not to propose m7 name at that club. Mark would disapprove. Mrs. Downe7 It was the Countess of Fastnet put you up! You were seconded b7 Lad7 Goodwood and Miss Rideout, and elected d'emblee, as the French sa7. (R . to fireplace) Phryne What sort of a place is it? Is it quite--ch? Krs. Downe7 (Fixing herself in glass over mantel) I am a member, and have come through it unscathed! The society there, is, perhaps, a little mixed, but that gives it a tone of its own. If 7ou come to that, 7ou have onl7 to listen to the cackle in an7 drawing-room to hear that one half of the ladies present allow ver7 little character to the other halt. (R.) Phryne Are the members principall7 married women? (L. ) Very much so! (Sits) Mrs. Downey Husbands a little indistinct! But they can give them as a reference. Phryne I should not get home till one in the morning.

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(L. Xes to R.C . ) Mrs. Downey (Feet at fire) Between one and three; but if our Italian tenor Saccharin1 should be there, • (Sees tea takes some goes to fire with it) and he gets down to the piano, or Mrs. Goodwood opens . a bank for baccarat, we glide into daylight. Phryne I should find no pleasure if Mark was not there. ( c . ) I should have my heart at home here. Mrs. Downey With your dressing gown and slippers! (Cheers) What is that delightful uproar. Phryne CHEERS Our servants are keeping a jubelee to celebrate this day. Mrs. Downey Your wedding day. Phryne One year ago, they remember it. But Mark forgets. (Bell) Oh, if that should be he -It is -it is -I hear his voice in the hall. ' (Runs out L . ) Mrs. Downey Poor dear -she is not over it yet. To most girls -love comes like the measels, or any other infantile complaint. A month or two of steady matrimonial treatment effects a cure. But the poison has got into her system -(Enter MARK with his hat on . PHRYNE and MAGGIE L . ) Phryne My darling, have you dined? (MAGGIE searches about the room) Mark I forget! Oh, yes! Dined at the Garrick with Merryweather and Russell. You received my telegram? (L.) (Exit MAGGIE R.H.D.)

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Phryne Yes, and I felt so disappointed, but now you are here. Mark I cannot stop a moment. (MRS. DOWNEY rises) Oh! Mrs. Downey, (Xes to R.) (Removes his hat) I beg your pardon. I did not see you. You have come, I hope, to cheer up Phryne. Phryne You are not going out again, Mark? Mark Yes. We expect to defeat the Government. Our party can not spare a vote. (Enter MAGGIE with card basket R. Xes to L . ) I only ran home for a moment to find a paper I feel sure was lett here. Maggie Perhaps it was thrown into the basket with the rest of the visitor's tickets. (Brings it forward) (L. Holds it for him) Mark I made some important notes upon the back of a card, (Searches) to aid me in my speech tonight. But my dear child, what ia the meaning of this dress? What is going on tonight? Phryne It is the anniversary of our wedding-day, (Cheers outside) and the servants are making a night of it. Mark Pleasant for the neighbors! Mrs. Downey CHEERS And thinking you would be engaged at the House, I wished to carry her away to the opera. Mark Certainly! Good idea! The little g~ose, mopes at home too mu.ch.

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Mrs. Downey Just what I have been telling her. Phryne But, Vark, dear, you have no time to give and receive dinners, and take me out to evening parties and make calla, so what am I to do? (MARK examines cards) Vark .Nonsense; what do other women do? Phryne But other women have not husbands like mine. I can't take interest in anything apart trom,you. I can listen to no conversation but yours. Other people seem such tools beside you, dear. Mark Really, Phryne, you make me feel like one when you talk like . that. What •can Mrs. Downey think! (Embraces her) Mrs. Downey She is wondering why some Frenchman bas not discovered how to inoculate a girl, so as to give it to her mildly. Mark (Looking over the cards in basket which MAGGIE holds) (PHRYNE goes R. disconsolate) The Countess of Newmarket at home, Wednesday. Kiss Rideout, Lady Florence Maskyline, Sherley V~reker -I hope you do .not receive that fellow. Phryne No -he leaves cards. Mrs. Downey What is the matter with him? He moves in the highest society. Mark I know -his position and his career and have requested Phryne to drop his acquaintance. Lord Hurlingham, La Baronne de Riviera! What a crew! Not a reputable name in the pack! (R.C.) Mrs. Downey They are received into the best houses.

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(Quickly) Not into mine! Mark Mrs. Downey Then we should have an index expurgatorius as a social guide tor young wives. Mark (Taking a card) (MAGGIE puts basket on table. MRS. DOWNEY goes up and gradually Xes to L. watching) Oh! here are my notes. (Looks at his watch) I must be ott. Phryne When shall you be home? Mark Don't wait up for me. I have the latch-key. I may be very late. Maggie, put my dress suit and all (Goes to table R.) I may require into a valise, and send Bunyon with it to the club. I can change there. (Exit MAGGIE, L . H . D . ) (Mournful) Phryne Are you going to a reception? Mark Our party will meet after the division. (C. ) Phryne In tull dress? Where do you meet? Mark At Lady Grafton's, I believe. Phryne No, Mark; do not go to her house! you! You don't see it; I do! Mark . That woman is in love with You are off your pretty little head. This comes of moping and brooding. The leaders of our party meet constantly in the salon of Lady Grafton. I wish mine was like it. (To Mrs. Downey, L . ) She has made her house the Temple of Diplomacy.

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PbrJne Yes; where you are worshipped! You are always there. (A little to R . ) . Mark So I am always in Court or at the House. But you don't suspect the Lord Chancellor or the Speaker of entertaining_ tender feelings towards me? (C.) Phryne I should do so if they were women! (At chair L • . of table) Mark My foolis h girl, if I listened to your heart I should abandon my career, abjure my fortune, and let you buy me a dog collar and chain. Oh, no! Phryne Go, Mark; go! (Turns away hurt) 1 Mark I did not mean that; kiss me, and say goodnight. You must really learn to moderate your romantic--feelings -they are ridiculous. Mrs. Downey I have been, giving her advice. (L• ) Mark That's very good of you. Tone down her extravagant ideas, she has fortune, a grand position. She can be a star of the first magnitude, if she will only appreciate her position and cultivate society --Look at Lady Grafton, why shouldn't this house be like hrs. By Jove, that can not be 10 o'clock. I fear it is though. (C. ) (SHE turns to embrace . him ) I must be oft. (Runs out) (Aside) Mrs. Downey Which is the greater tool of the ~o? The little goose is crying. (Aloud) You are jealous of his devotion woman would be proud of him. to his profeasion; another (C. )

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Phryne (Oeying) I--I am not another woman. {Xes to :f'ireplaoe) Mrs. Downey 1 9 She would love to see the world at his feet, and would want to share his renown. Phryne I would rather sit on his knee at hom, and I don't want to share him with anybody. {R.) Mrs. Downey He is a rising man, and already a distinguished Member or Parliament; and a Queen's Counsel, at 40--(Sits at table L . of it) {Indignant) Phcy.-ne C 38! (Turns quickl7) Mrs. Downey ' Oh! I beg pardon. Phryne I notice that people over a certain age always try to make out other people older than they are. (Xes to L.) That is' one for me. your spirit. Mrs. Downey Ha-ha! I don't mind it, dear. I like Phryne No you don't; yo~ despise me, because I have none! But if' you knew what I suf'f"er! (Up to Mrs . Downey) Yes, Mark is a rising man. He rises at seven in the morning; he must be down at his office before nine: "Important consultation with Junior counsel. (Picks up telegram. All after at fireplace} Don't mind me, love; shall be home to dinner at seven." That means a message at half-past eight: "Important division in the House. Ministry in danger. Don't wait!" (Round table to mantle) Oh! the important division is here; in this house! The danger is here! And like a f'ool I do wi!'rnight after night till nine, ten, eleven. I send the servants to bed, and watch the cabs as they pass the door. Twelve, one! At last he comes!

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1 10 I run out to meet him; he cannot take me in his arms , they are full of law papers. "Why, Phryne, my love! How silly ot you to wait up for me! You should leave that to the servants! Send me a cup of tea to my stud7; I must get through this casebefore I sleep. Go to bed; there' s a dear. I am all right! Don't mind me!" Don't mind him! I wish he could teach me that less on! (Throws herself in chair) Mrs. J?owney Time will do it. Observe my case! My husband went to Canada to look after some mines; to be absent three months. Tha.t (L . of table R.) was sixteen years ago. Did I despond? No! I had a snug little income of my own. I waited. I had no family to trouble me, except a few small debts. I wrote explaining my difficult• ies, and offered to join him out there. He replied by cable that he was on his way home, and sent me a remittance. Since then, whenever I propose to rejoin him he always sends me a remittance. How would you like that life? ' Phryne Candidly? Mrs. Downey Candidly. Phryne I would rather sweep a crossing. Mrs. Downey Yes; at 23 a prett~ girl and a deserted wife might create a sensation at a street corner. CHEERS (Rises, goes up and down at back) But I am 42. I should be laughed at. (Cheers) Do you hear that? Your servants are making merry. Be equal to the occasion. Come, brace up! Call Maggie; get your wraps . Come with me! If Mark cannot join in the f'ete, let us celebrate it without him. Begin at the opera and top off with Monte Carlo! Phryne No. Not at the club amongst strangers, but here, by my own fireside. You can invite the whole party now in the box at the opera, and you can find others of our acquaintance at the club. Can it be 4one? Mrs. Downey Done! They will be delighted! (.Rises)

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Phryne We can reckon on (Examining cards in the basket• Feverish and excited at table) Lad7. Florence, the Countess, Miss Rideout, -Mrs. Downey Oh, if we could capture Saccharini! Phryne . ( Still examing cards) Lord Burlingham, Mrs. Goodwood and Shirley Vereker. Mrs. Downey Poor, little woe-begone Vereker? He ha~ never got over your marriage. Have you seen him lately? Phryne No! Mark discouraged his visits here. Says he is a flne young English gentleman; one of the modern time, who studies manners in the stable.yard, and morals in a music hall. (Still over cards) Mrs. Downey (Ring up Supers) Severe, but photographic! Perhaps your husband is jealous. Phryne No! He is too busy! Mrs. Downey You are in do mr1ght earnest about this gathering here to• night? Phryne . Certainly! Good idea! The little goose mopes too much at home . (Xes to R . Excitedly) I am to do what other women do! (Xes L . ) All right! I leave it all to you . (Up L.C. ) Mrs. Downey And I accept.the charge! Fortunately your household is a11 on toot. I will go .down, parade (Going to D . R. and returning) the butler and cook ; review the resources of the larder; see the wine buried in ice; and take a list of what is wantins to supply the banquet. The steward at the club will send it in, with a couple of waiters to assist. Atter supper we can have a little music••

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(Sits at piano and plays waltz) Phryne And a dance. Mrs. Downey Inevitably! I am in my element. . (Exits D.R.) Phryne (Xes R. and L . to piano) (Walking excitedly about) He was dining at his club with a pair of chums, while I was eating my heart out here, like a tool! Ha-ha! He said I made him feel like one, that I wanted to lead him with a collar and chain like a pet dog! (She sits at piano and plays) Very ~ell, I'll~ like other women! Tra-la-la. I know the programme! Every day at 11 I'll air the fashions in the park! I'll set them! The shops will display the "Carrington" Hat; the "Phryue" dolman. He sh$ll find me figuring in the photographers' windows, ten shillings a dozen! At four, I appear in the ring. Lady Fastnet drives a tandem! I'll go her one better with a team of piebalds in a curricle! Home at seven! "so sorry dear, I entirely forgot to order dinner. I am off to Richmond in Hurlingham•s coach, with a delighttul crowd. I have the box-seat. You can dine at the Garrick or the Rag. Can't say when we shall get back! Don't wait up for me! I have the latch key. By bye! We expect to have a royal time!" Ha-ha-ha! And be so hap-happy! Tra-la-la! (Her hysterical laughter gradually breaks into sobs as she leans her head on the piano) Oh! I am so miserable! (Enter JACK 01BEIRNE L.C.D.) Jack Anybod7 at home? Phryne Oh! Jack, dear! (Drying her eyes) Are you hereT Jack Yes; I am all here. (Puts down his h a t o n tabl e L . ) Phryne You are a god-send! Jack Quite the contrary. Mrs . Downey sent me. She hailed me trom a

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hansom cab, as I was crossing the square. She said you wanted me. Ot all Phryne men in the world,. I want you the most at (Takes his arm, they walk to L. then R. stop) Jack this moment . I thought so, two years ago, but you changed my mind when you took Mark . Phryne Don't be a tool, Jack! Jack Just what I said to myself at the time. Phryne You are going to be my dear old boy--my friend. The same faithful, honest fellow that trotted by my side through my life! Your face is the first thing I can remember . Jack Yours is the only thing I can remember! Phryne Do you recollect when I was 8 and you were 12, we sat in the apple tree at grandpa' s garden, at home? Jack Don't I! Making ourselves 111 with unripe pippina•-Phryne And we took bites out of the same forbidden fruit. Jack Like Eve and the divil! Ph17ne And you made me swear I would marry you when I was old enough. Ha-ha! Yes. (Gloomy) Ha-ha! And you didn't. Jack Phryne Then why' have you kept away from this house lately. You are becoming quite a stranger.

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• Jack I am glad to hear it. Phryne Wb.a t d-0 7ou mean? Jack I I mean that my visits here did me no good. Phryne Nonsense! You have got over that silly, bo7ish fancy long ago. Why, Mark told me your name was associated with that ot this new circus woman, Ritz Martinez. It 1s all over London! Jack Oh! Did he say that? Phryne nd he means to talk to you seriously about it. Jack Yes; I hope he will. Phryne You are compromising 7ourselt disgracefully. Jack I am! Phryne You are to be seen nightly at t~e Wild est laden with bouquets with which you pelt this lovely Mexican. You are seen with her in public plabes, in the most unblushing tashion. It is awful! Jack I hope I am not overdoing it! Phryne Indeed, you are. You don't mind my mentioning the matter? Jack Oh, no! Thank you. It is all right. Phune Is she so--very--attraetivet-Jack Suits me down to the ground! Ph17?1e Could you not render your homage a little less conspicuousl7, and compromise yourself less openly?

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1 15 Jack No; that would not answer my purpose. Phryne Good Heavens! Jack, are you mad? What purpose? Jack To divert the tongues that were beginning to couple your name with mine. My name! Phryne What have I done? Jack Nothing. The whole fault is with me. This 1s what was said: "The wife of Mark Carrington is a beauty. Why don't she take her place in society? (R. in chair L. of table) Why do .es she hug her home? Her husband is never there! What is the attraction? Why, her cousin Jack O'Beirne! Oh! Oh!! He 1s always there! Phryne You heard of this? And you invented this. comedy as a blind! You played this part of Rita's lover, so that the world should not say you were mine? Jack It was the only thing I could think of to-~to repair the wrong. Phryne It was not your wrong, Jack, dear; it was Mark•s. (As she goes to embrace him she suddenly remembers herself, and restrains this gesture) Oh! that he were like you! Jack I had rather be like him. (Enter MAGGIE L.H.D. at door, looks off) Maggie Here' s four men from the Monte Carlo Club, ma'am, with a cart. Phryne It is the supper. Maggie Yes, ma'am . Bunyan have got two dozen hextra dry on the hice; he wants to know if that' s enough. Jack Enough! Holy Mumm! What tor?

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Phryne For my guests. (BUNYON and SERVANTS cross with service and enter dining-room; MAGGIE draws , curtains over arch, and closes out room at back and supper-table) (At fireplace R . ) 1 •16 Mark is out for the night, so I have sent Mrs. Downey to recruit a dozen friends to a social supper here--Lady Florence, Gus Venables, Kate Rideout, La Riviera, Hurl~ngham, Lady Newmarket, Shirley Vereker--a little surprise party. Jack A devilish gr.eat surprise tor Mark, I should say. Does he know of this gathering? Phryne He? He neither knows nor cares! You will play master of the ceremonies. Jack No, I won't! Phryne Jack! Jack Pbryne! Don't get excited. You are doing this in a fit of ill-temper! Phryne I never was more composed in my life. (Up at back, turns) "Why does not the wife of Mark Carrington take her place in society?" Jack This is not your place in society! (Down c . ) Phryne 11Why does she hug her home? Her husband is never there." Very well! She will till her home with good fellowship. If it is not the cream of high life, it is the best a neglected wife can obtain. (Xes to R . ) Jack She is off! She has got the bit between her pretty teeth, and the divil could not hold her.

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Phryne (At fireplace) Then why di9 he throw the reins on my back? Jack There is a smash ahead! Phryne Let 1 t come. (A bell rings. JACK takes up his hat) Here they are! Oh Jack , don't leave me. (Runs to him and seizes his arm) Jack BELL These people must not ftnd me here, alone with you , at this h~ur of night, too. They will talk. Phryne You are afraid they will tell Rita Martinez! (Releases his arm) I forgot! Very well, go! I won' t detain you! (Xes to L . ) Jack (Dashing his hat in a corner) Very well; I stop! But I warn you , I know these men, and ot what they are capable, and if one of them forgets himselt in your presence--1111 kil.lhim. Phryne Jack! You are forgetting yourself. (Turning quickly) Jack That is true. I won' t do it again. Forgive me. But , by St. Patrick, you would make a Pope swear. (Goes to mant e l R . ) (Enter MRS. DOWNEY; followed by LADY FLORENCE, SHIRLEY VEREKER, MISS RIDEOUT, LADY NEWMARKET, LORD BURLINGHAM, the COUNTESS RIVIERA, GUS VENABLES) Mrs. Downey Here we are, my dear. Phryne How good of you all to accept so short a notice. (Going up c . and greeting the people) Lady Newmarket What a delightful nest you have here!

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• All Quite too delightful! Lord Hurlingham Awtull~ charming! The casket could not be too costly--that a-a contains so-so-so-a--Miss Riviera (Prompting him impatiently) So precious a jewel! Don't be so long about it. Lord Hurlingham , Thanks; just so. Remarkable g~rl; always knows what I am going to say. This impromptu entertainment reminds me of a similar picnic at Lady Spankers in 1846 -was it 46 I remember. --Mrs. Downey Stop him Kate, before he gets to George the Fourth. No -it was in 38. Lord Hurlinghal!1 Miss Rideout Just so. We'll have it after supper. Lord Billerica7 Won't somebody present me to Mrs. Carrington? Mrs. Downey Phryne, my 1ove Lord Billericay. Vereker Heir presumptive to the Duke of Bubblemere. Lord Billericay It is cruel to expose me to ridicule by reminding folks that nature has cast me for a part I can not play. 'Phryne Why not? Lord Billericay Look at me. Do I look like a Duke? Everybody slaps me on the back, becaise I don'tinspire respect. The ballet girls call me Billie. My grand uncle, the Duke, gave me one sleevebutton on my last birthday, remarking I supplied the other myself. What did h~ mean? Jack He meant that you were the missing link. All Ha-ha.

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Lord B1ller1cay Oh. By jove. What's that! Vereker Th.e lineal descendant of an ape. Lord Billericay Very good. I have a scarf pin with a monkies head on it. I'll send it to his grace as a portrait of an ancestor. All Bravo. Jack The boy 1s not such a fool as he looks. Lord Billericay No! Am I! Thank you. (The curtains are withdrawn . The inner room is discovered illuminated brilliantly~ and supper served amongst a profusion of flowers. L iveried SERVANTS in waiting) Mrs. Downey Oh! why crowd ourselves in that little room? Let us pic-nic here, free and easy. Phryne Very well. All Splendid! Glorious! (THEY seat themselves. The SERVANTS serve. The GENTLEMEN aid in bringins plates whi c h the LADIES plac e on their laps) Vereker When does the smoke come in? Phryne When you please. All Bravo. Lord Billericay (Aside to Jack) I left Rita at the Wild West show, she's awfully put out because you failed to appear -he sent me to hunt you up. She

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expects to find you a~ the Monte Carlo tonight. Do come, or I shall catch it. Oh Jack -I wish she could love me as she loves you. Jack Hush. Lord Hurlingbam No it was in 46 -I remember. (By this time the group sitting about the stage are eating and drinking in various attitudes) Mrs. Downey Ladies and gentlemen, I call this meeting to order! A:11 Silence! Speech from Mrs. Downey! ' Mrs. Do ne-, I do not propose to make a speech. Vereker Hear, hear! Mrs; Downey I p~opose a toast--tb.e occasion we celebrate!--The wedding• day of the "Rose of Mayfair"-" our hostess•-in the absence or her husband, elsewhere engaged-• Vereker Hear, hear! Mrs. Downey Mrs. Carrington! All Mrs. Carrington! Vereker Bunyon give us a light. Mrs. Downey Now, dear, instead or a speech, let us have "The Bridal Chorus," or "The Wedding Bells," or something appropriate. All Bravissima! (PHRYNE sits at piano and pre• . )

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Lord Billericay Something we can dance to. (Song -LORD BILLERICAY and BURLINGHAM, Dance L . finish at R . ) (Enter MARK, L.C.D. He stands looking at the group) Jack . (Aside) The devil!! Mrs. Downey My dear Mark; how delighttu.l! We have just been drinking your health! ark (Very cold and calm) I thank you, madam. (GROUP put down plates, glasses, etc. PHRYNE L. MARK L .C.) {Apart to Phryne) What is the meaning of this scene? How comes these people here? Phryne {Hesitatingly) By my invitation. They are my guests. Mark They are not mine , and they are unfit to be yours! Jack {To the others) I think we had better retire! Vereker We are her by the Lady • ~ inv tation. (GROUP go up to L.C. at back) Lord Burlingham (Advancing) I have not the honor of Mr. Carrington's acquaintance--Mark Our visiting 11st is full, my lord. (Xes to R. PHRYNE follo shim. HE turns on her all this under the breath) '( Turns to Phryne ) The presence of that man, Vereker, your professed lover, in my house, is an outrage I will not tolerate. I must beg you will dismiss them all, at once!

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Phryne You cannot mean I should insult them in this unheard or manner? . Mark If you don't get rid of them, I .will! (Goes to firepl ce) Phryne Oh, Mark! (Seeping goes to him) You will not hwniliate me by insisting on so painful a scene. Give me a little time. You have already spoiled the party! Retire to your room, and in half an hour, or so, they will be gone. Mark (Turning to her angrily) If they feel the insult, so much the better; they will not darken my doors again. (THEY face each other for a moment) . Phryne. (After looking at Mark a moment she turn away from him and goes sl wly to Center) Ladies and gentlemen, I was unaware, when you were invited to our little party here, there could be any objection to our entertainments in this house. It appears there is so! (Advancing towards group) Therefore, I propose we adjourn to the Monte Carlo Club, to conclude the evening there so pleasantly begun! (The GROUP move toward the door) All So sorry to inconvenience! Of course, with pl~asure! (They go out gradually at.door, L . C . ) Mrs. Downey (Apart to Phryn) (Down L . of Phryne) My dear girl this is quite unnecessary. ( side to her) For Heaven's sake --(Passionately) Leave me alone. (Turns) Phryne Maggie, (MRS. DOWNEY goes out, L . C . ) give me my wraps. (MARK goes up R . )

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Jack (C. ) You are going too far. Phryne I don't care, he has degraded me! He has insulted my friends. Jack Will you listen? No! (VEREKER lingers outside door, L . C . ) Phryne (JACK retires up c . ) Mark (Down, R . ) Phryne, if you leave my house tonight, you shall never return to it! Phryne (Tying on her hat) Oh! very well! (Crosses to c.) Mark When you go out of my doors, they will be locked behind you. I swear 1 t! Be it so. Phryne (Goes out. VEREKER meets her at door; she takes his arm and exits) Mark .(R. ) I cannot credit my senses! Jack You have none, or you would not insult her in the presence of her friends! Mark Their presence here, and especially the presence of that man Vereker, is an insult to me! Jack (0. ) And you resented it, like a coward, on a helpless woman!

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Mark Are you mad, sir? Jack I am! So are you! Do you think nobody has any spirit, any feeling, but yourself? Because you knew the poor girl was under your feet, you trampled upon her! Mark Oh! Of course you take her part! Jack Of course I do; when you don't! Oh, she was wrong! Yes, foolish! Yes! But when she raised her eyes full of tears to supplicate for mercy, you put your foot on her mouth like a brute! , Leave my house! I am going to! iness here! (Exits) Mark Jack You drove her out of it, and I have no bus~ • End of Act One /

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PHRYNE OR -THE ROMANCE OF A YOUNG WIFE ACT 0

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ACT TWO Scene: I pass. Three! The Monte Carlo Club . MRS. DOWNEY, LORD HURLINGHAM, LADY GOODWOOD, KATE RIDEOUT, GUS VENABLES, LADY FLORENCE, VEREKER are seated round table, R., playing cards. SERVANTS waiting. Lady Florence Vereker Mrs. Downey Come, Lord Hurlingham, what do you do? Lord Hurlingh.am Let me see. How much is in the pool? Lady Florence 7 pounds six. Miss Rideout Oh! Capp Nap., Nap.! Mrs. Downey Play. Miss Rideout Clubs. Play your king. Lord Hurlingham Eh? ... (Hesitating) Miss Rideout Oh, there! (Picks the card from his hand and plays it) King! ( THEY play) Now play the knave! Don't go to sleep! You are not in the Hous e or Lords! ~dy Flo'rence For goodness sake, get on.

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Quite Lord Hurlingham (Feebl7) so. I think the rest of the tricks are mine. (Puts down his cards) Mrs. Downe7 Not quite so! The last trick falls to my ten. Lord Hurlingham Oh, .dear! How was that? Miss Rideout There, don't be feeble. Pa7 up, and look pleasant! Lord,Hurlingham It appears to me, when I play with ladies, I have to pay every time. Mrs. Downey Happy man! It is my deal--Lord Burlingham While you are dealing -I will relate that picnic at La_dy Spankers -I remember•--(Enter RITA) Vereker Ah, Rit ! The lovel7 Rita! The Mexican Venus! Is the show over? Rita I got away early. Lady Florence Was there a good house at the ild West? Packed. (Dealing) nyone of note there! Rita Mrs. Downe7 Rita , There was a sprinkling of r.oyalty, and the usual crowd of the noodleocracy. The nosegay brigade was in great force. I bad not room in my coupe for all my floral offerings; so I told Lord Billericay to follow me with them in a hansom cab. , Mrs. Downey A footman' s service performed by the son of a peer. She has lords•in-waiting like a monarch!

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Lord Hurlingham Mies Martinez reminds me of a lovely Spaniard I forget her name• who was all the rage in 1832 -I remember. Miss Rideout Attend to the game! You are revoking! Rita The weak boy was on the road to ruin before he saw me! He was a prey to gamblers and to drink. His innocent inf'atuation pulled him up in time. He has only one complaint now--that's me! I can cure that--Vereker By administering encouragement in homoeopathic doses? Rita Precisely! Instead of a day on the'race course, or a night in a gaming club, I allow him to ride beside me in the park. Instead of a brandy and soda, I allow him to kiss my hands. Vereker I wish Jack O'Beire would allow you to reclaim me. Mrs. Downey (Aside to him) Vereker you •re going too far! Lady Florence She's offended, look out. Rita (After a pause) Were you in Rome last winter? \ Vereker No; were you there? Yes. Rita I had quite an adventure. Vereker Let us hear it. Rita With pleasure. A young French count ventured to couple my name, offensively, with that of an honorable gentleman for whose family I entertained a sincere respect. I sent a friend to the count with an American message. Vereker Indeed?

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Rita That if he did not quit Rome within twenty-four hours, I would horsewhip him on sight! Vereker Wasn't that rather a high handed proceeding. Rita Very when the hand is mine. I • Lord Hurlingham That reminds me of the celebrated chevalier D1Eon a noted duelist who turned out to be a woman -I remember --Vereker Precisely --I was there at the time. Lord Hurlingham Dear me. Why twas before I was born. All Impossible. (Enter LORD BILLERICAY loaded with bouquets and baskets of flowers, followed by SERVANTS also carrying flo ers) Lord Billericay There are more to .come . Rita You foolish boy! I did not mean you should carry them all. Lord Billericay By Jove! I am asphixiated with the incense arising from this floral altar! George, bring me a brandy and soda! No! Rita (She gives him her hand) Lord Billericay (Kisses her hand) -George, two glasses of iced tea. Lady Florence She has him well in hand. (Exits with HURLINGHAM and MISS RIDE-OUT R.) . Rita Did you find Mr. 01Bierne?

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J Lord B1ller1cay Yes. I delivered your message to him. Rita Good boy. I will devote myself to you until Jack arrives. (Xes c.) What is that waltz they are playing? Lord Billericay It is called Rapture. Rita I will give it to you. (Going) l Vereker I hope I did not of'fend you -Rita I have forgotten it if you did. Vereker Then we are friends. Rita No -I don't like you. Vereker Oh. (Exit RITA and LORD BILLERICAY) I wonder they admitted that circus woman to the Club! Mrs. Downey She has been received and patronized by some of the best people. What do you know to her discredit? (Sneering} Ask Jack 01Beirne! Vereker Mrs. Downe He proclaims her to be one of most honorable of her sex. I don't think he is equally enthusiastic about you. Vereker Does he propose to marry her? (No. 1 Stop music) You had better ask him. Mrs. Downey Vereker I hate him!

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(Turns away, goes up. then returns and sits at back reading) (Enter PHRYNE) Phryne Past one o 'clock. Vereker The very witching hour of night. Your presence has produced a sensation in the Club. Phryne Have you thought where I am to find shelter. I am an outcast you know . (Rises) Mrs. Do ney My dear, the opinion of the world is on your side in this sad business. Everyone sympathises with you. Phryne So much the worse. I had rather be in the wrong. It would render a reconciliation more easy. Vereker You don't mean that you would back down? , Phryne I feel wretched enough to do anything. There is nothing heroic about me. What is to become of me? (~es L. sits on sofa) Mrs. Downey You would not like to go to a hotel? Phryne Oh no -Vereker She would be beseiged by newspaper fellows before breakfast. Mrs. Downey I would offer you a share of my flat but Miss Rideout is with me. Oh, I forgot, I have a riverside cottage at Fulham , where you can stay for the night. My carriage will take you there. You will find my old housekeeper -a dear old soul -who will make you welcome and comfortable. Vereker, please tell my coachman to drive down at once, wake her up -and get everything ready to receive Mrs . Carrington -It is only a 5 mile drive, the carriage will b~ back within an hour.

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Vereker I fly. Everybody in the Club will envy Mrs. Downey the privilege of atford1n you an asylum. (Exits) {PHRYlfE exits to R . ) Mrs. Downey Don't fret dear. Phryne I am too frightened at which I have done. Mrs. Downe You have gone too far to receed. I tried to stop you. but now I say you must act on principle. Phryne I have none. Mrs. Downey -If you hesitate you are lost. Phryne I don•t mind being lost if Mark finds me. Mrs. Downey Have you no pride left? Phryne Very little. Mrs. Do ne7 You feel no resentment for what he has done? Phryne , Yes I am very angry with him for leaving me two hole hours in a place li~e this. (Xes L . ) Where is Jack? (Enter JACK) Jack Here he is. We had it out. And then he-bad me out. Phryne Oh Jack dear you haven't quarrelled? Jack I called him a brute, and he showed me the door. I felt like taking my coat off. It would have done us both good to let the steam off, but on second thoughts I refrained.

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You No. Th.at What Pb.eyne thought or me? I is is Jack remembered that I was in training and he wan't• (Re-enter VEREKER) Vereker all right. Jack all right'l Mrs. Downey (Xes to Jack) I have arranged for Phryne to occupy my little box at Fulham tonight. Jack Alone? Mrs. Downey We can send her address to Mark. So he can find her there when his lordship pleases. Jack She must sleep under her own roof and no where else. I will fetch Mark here if I have to bring him on a stretcher. Phryne Oh Jack, how good you are. Tell us what happened between you. (Retires up) Vereker I sent Mrs. Downey's coachman home, and substituted my coupe, with instructions to my coachman to take his place. When Phryne enters my carriage she will be driven to my villa at Wimbledon, she will not know the difference until she finds herself in the trap, and that is too late to escape. If I can only get rid of that bog trotter who watches her like a dog at her heels. Phryne If we could only find where Mark is. You say he left our house shortly after I did. Jack Yes, he passed me in a cab as I walked here. Vereker I think I saw a figure very like his parading the opposite

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side of the s~reet, and watching this club. (To Jack) Oh go down and see. I will go , he won ' t room and try to meet hate scenes. (Exits) Phryne Mrs. Downey quarrel with me. Go back to the ball him as if nothing had happened. Men Vereker Allow me to offer you my arm . Phryne I can not face the crowd in there -let us sit in the reading room until she returns. (Reenter MRS. DOWNEY) (Enter RITA and LORD BILLERICAY) Mrs . Downey And I can not leave the club, a t this hour of night and roam the streets alone without an escort. Rita I'll lend you Billericay if he can be of service, he' s better than nothing. Mrs . Downey Oh, I could not deprive you. Rita You will oblige me. Lord Billericay By all means . (Exits with MRS. DOWNEY) Rita Sit down . Do you know anything of that boy? Jack I know . Rita He wants me to marry him. Give me your advice. What do you say about 1 t . Jack He is mighty young--

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Rita He will mend of that; he will be a duke--Jack Yes; he is the biggest fish 1n the swim! Rita nd you advise me to land him? Jack Do you love him? Rita No!--(Xes c . ) Jack Have you told him so? Rita Yes! I told him that my father was capUin on a Red River tug; at least I suppose he was my father, for when his boat blew up, and the pilot-house came down, they found there a dead man holding on to the wheel and a live child--that was me! Jack You started well. Rita First-rate! For ten years I was knocked about the levees, like a stray dog, until I hired on a ranch where the cowboys taught me to ride, and before I was fourteen I could throw a lariat, corral a herd of wild steers, or hit a jack rabbit on the wing. Jack You turned your sill in all three to royal account when y~u roped in every capital in Europe. You corralled all the hearts. Your rifle never missed its mark. Yes! (Turning) I have missed you! Rita Jack Me! I don•t--quite-•understand. Rita I will make it clear! You have exhibited in public an admiration for me, which you have avoided in private every opportunity to express; you send flowers to my-house, which

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you have never entered; you display your infatuation from a private box. You follow me to all public places. If I go to a provincial city, the newspapers enquire, "where ' s 01Beirne?" Jack (Aside) I feel the rope wheeling over my head. She ' s got it down fine. Rita I have no parents no one to protect my good name. Perhaps I have not got one because I earned my own living the best way I know how. If nature bad put a sweet pipe in my throat -I might have roamed this world with honor and glory. But she only gave me a quick eye and a stout heart. And so qualified me for being the vagabond I am. (To R. Corner} That's what' s the m,tter with me. Jack If they grow such vagabonds as you out in the wild west, I shall import a few to improve our stock here. . Rita Last week you took me to see a drama, in which the leading actress played her own mother in the first part and her daughter afterwards. (Xes L . ) Jack Yes, I remember -it' s very common. Rita If I were playing my own mother now -I should say, Jack it you mean right by my Rita, why don ' t you say so? You're poor -but she is rich enough for both. I haven' t a rap. your fortune. Jack The world would say I married you for Rita What1s the matter with my face and figure? Jack You think me an honest fellow; don ' t deceive yourself. I am a fraud! I ' m a skin full of lies. Rita They could not get a lie out of you with a derrick. Jack I love another woman! I have loved her since she was a child••-

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Rita Why did you not marry her? Jack Because she preferred to marry another man! Rita So much the better for me! Jack I became the inseparable friend of the young couple. Rita So much the worse for the husband! Jack Just what the world was beginning to say, until I discovered a way of stopping their mouths. Rita How so? Jack Do you know the use of that lightning-rod they stick over a house? Rita It is to attract the mischievous elements in the air and divert them into the ground~ Jack Precisely! You were the rod I stuck up over that house. Rita Me? Jack I looked out mercilessly for the most conspicuous beauty I could find. and made my devotion to her so public that we became the jest of the Club, and the topic of the newspapers. Wherever she traveled I followed--like the tail of a comet. On my faith! I never dreamed she would distinguish me amongst the other fools that made her court. But she did! Then I saw that I was no longer a fool. I was a scoundrel! You told me your life! There is mine! Rita You do not love me then. as you pretended? Jack No, I don't! I wish I could! I am in love with a woman I cannot have; and a woman is in love with me--that•-that•--

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Rita That you don't want'l Jack Now you see what a worthless cad I am--Rita • I am not afraid of this woman! She cannot be of much account to take any other man, when she could have had you. Who is she? (Enter PHRYNE and VEREKER) Jack Hush! (He turns away) Rita 1Tis she Mr. Vereker will you present me to Mrs. Carrington? Phryne I am glad to know you. Rita Thank you. (To Jack) I am not surprised. I forgive you Jack. Jack What do you mean? (Aside) She is my rival. What makes you think so? My heart. (Exits L.I. E . ) Rita Jack Rita Vereker STOP Take courage, vindicate yourself. The eyes of your insulted friends are upon you. Phryne So they think I could creep back to the house from which I have been ejected like a dog. Vereker Excuse me, you sailed out of it like an indignant swan. Phryne Every moment that he allows me to remain here at the mercy of s trsn gers -

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(On sofa) Vereker Do not call me a stranger. I can not forget the hopes I once entertained. Phryne It can not be that he is indifferent as to what becomes of me. Vereker Your lips are parched, your hands are like ice. (SERVANT passes wi t h tray and glasses) What have you there, champagne. Beer and soda? Phryne Neither, no -Vereker You must, you require some support. (Takes glasses ) You do not wish to faint and bring all the club to witness your weakness. (Gives her tumbler of wine after pouring brandy into it) (Drinks) How cold it is. (Exit SERVANT) How cold you are. Phryne Vereker Phcyne I am. Give me that cloak. (VEREKER ~laces Rita' s cloak around her shoulders) Vereker aad I the dear privilege of waiting upon you, I would desire no other occupation than to pass my life at your feet. Phryne I feel so strangely. Vereker (Pours his glass into hers)

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You will be better. (She drinks) (Enter MR. DO NEY & MARK) Mrs. Downey Wait here until I find her. Mark Look there. (Points to Vereker and Phryne) rs. Do\me7 Mere bravado. She knew we were coming. (Aside) What imprudence. Mark. (Exits R . ) (Rising) Phryne (VEREKER passes to R . ) Mark I believe sir that 7ou understood, that you are an unwelcome visitor at D11' house. Vereker Perfectly. I apprecitte the reason of m7 exit but the lady has been pleased to revoke your cruel decree. (Xe s to R . ) Mark (C. ) You hear --Phryne I was wrong, you have been verr-, kind Mr. Vereker, but my husband does not wish me to know you. (L. ) Vereker Like other husbands he always suspects the wrong man. (R. ) (Enter JACK C . ) One who marries so lovely a person as Mrs. Carrington, must . accept the consequences. I make no secret or my admiration. But here is Mr. o•Belrne, who is a welcome guest to feast his devotion to your wife a feeling he has been artful enough to conceal it behind his professed infatuation for Rita Martinez; for whom he does not care a rush. So my dear sir 7ou see that honest7 in love affairs is not always the best

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policy. (Exits R . I . E . ) Mark You hea~ what he said. (0 . ) Phryne Yes. (L.) Mark It is true, you are silent. Jack {R. ) Yes , it is true so far as I am concerned. I love her better than you ever did or could. Mark (c. ) And she knows it. Phryne Yes I knew it. When you left me alone with my starving heart it was all I had to live on . Mark (C. ) So I have been your dupe . Jack No Mark , you have been your own. If I am not ashamed now to confess the truth, it is because my heart absolves me. Phryne I was wrong to leave my home and defy you. I left it and defied you -there begins and ends my fault. But the penalty you inflicted was unmanly and now you add the insult of suspicion. Let it be goodbye for ever. (Exits) Mark Very well, foever be it. tExits) Jack I wonder how long that forever will be. (R -enter PHRYNE) Phryne Has he gone?

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2 17 Jack Yes -he's gone. Love makes children of us all, we play with one anothers feelings, as children play with the toy pistol, unt 1 we find there's death in the little game. (Re -enter MRS. DOWNEY) Mrs. Downey Well, did you bring those two fools together? Jack Oh yes, they came together like fire and gun-powder and exploded. Mrs. Downey Will you escort Phryne to my pla.ce at Fulham. Jack Impossible, I am one of the corespondents. Mrs. Downey You .. Jack He accused me of loving her and I confessed it like an honest man. Mrs. Downey Like a fool. Jack I feel all the better for it. Mrs. Downey I do not like leaving her alone. Jack Rita shall follow her then, it is a woman's office to console her. If I were to play the part consolation might become too impressive. {Exits R . ) Mrs. Downey I am to blame for all this, but who could have foreseen such a catastrophe. Vereker (Re -enter) Mrs. Carrington is seeking for you -she wishes to leave the club. Mrs. Downey Will you see that my carriage is in waiting where is she. (Exita)

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. Vereker Now is my chance if fortune will befriend me. (Calls) Phillip are you there -(Enter SERVANT) 2 -18 You remember my instructions, I have lent my coupe to Mrs. Downey to convey a lady friend to my cottage at Wimbledon . You are in her service for tonight. Bring your carriage to the door. (SERVANT touches hat and exits. Reenter PHRYNE with MRS. DOWNEY and LORD BILLERICAY) (PHRYNE at once Xes to L . eorner) Phryne I am better now. Mrs. Downey Will you place Mrs. Carrington in my coupe. Vereker It is ready. Lord Billericay Take my arm. Phryne Good night you will come early to see me? Mrs. Downey I shall never forgive myself the share I have taken in this business. I wish you would let me go with you . Vereker Oh Lord! Phryne No, I am better alone. (Exits with LORD BILLERICAY) (Enter J. CK and RITA R . ) Jack You understand, I will leave you at the door of Mrs. Downey's cottage. You will pass the night beside her. I place you there on guard. Rita (C. ) A guard of honor.

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(Renter LORD BILLERIC y c.) LOrd B llericay She has gone. CURTAIN

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PHRYNE .Q!! THE ROMANCE OF A YOUNG WIFE ACT III

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I ACT THREE S cene: A Villa at Wimbledon . A room in a villa at Wimbledon . . Windows at back, looking into garden. Doors R . and L . Enter MAGGIE, R . , with kettle. Maggie Well, this is the queerest establishment as ever I see! No servants, except an old car~taker! I can't get a word out ot her, nor find out where they keep things. I wonder if missis is awake yet? I thought I heard her moving in her room! It is nigh eleven o'clock. Oh, here she is! (Enter PHRYNE) I hope, ma'am, you found I had brought all the things you wanted. You was asleep when I got here, an hour ago. I laid them out without disturbing you. Phryne You are very kind and thoughtful. Did Mr. Carrington object to your coming? Maggie I did not ask him. Master have not been •ome all night. So when the cabman brought your letter to me this morning, which it said, "Pack up my _things, and send them by bearer," I just left that letter on the •all table, so Mr. Carrington would see it when he comes in, and he will know where I am gone, and where you are--as it is right he should. Phryne But my note contained no address of this house! Maggie No, ma'am; but I told Bunyon to get it from the cab~n, and lay it on the 'all table beside y8ur letter to me, which he did, while I was putt1n1 my own things together, because, it you please ma'am, I'd liefer stay beside you--it you will let me. Phryne You are a treasure, Maggie. You are sure Mr. Carrington will see the address? Maggie I told Bunyon to be very particlar and sea master had it first thing!

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What 1 s the hour? (R.) Phryne .Maggie It has gone eleven, ma'am! / Phryne So late! I expected he~ to call before this! Maggie It was nigh on four o'clock this morning when she found me sitting up waiting for you , and she left word as you had gone down to her cottage, and not to expect you home. Phryne It seems to be a very strange place!. Have you remarked anything odd about it! Maggie Yes , ma'am! It ain' t a credit to any lady. Phryne It was dark when I arrived, and the .rain fell in torrents; my head ached, and I was glad to get to bed as quickly as I could, without taking notice of the house, or of the person who let me in. But this morning I felt quite startled, upon opening a drawer in the 4ressing table, to find a case of razors and a smoking-cap . In a corner of the bedroom I discovered a boot-jack, and on the shelf in the wardrobe, a row of empty cigar boxes, a dog chain, and a collection of pipes! (Pause) Mr. Downey has been abroad for the last sixteen years! What does it mean? Maggie Oh! It means ma'am, the caretaker has a husband, or a son. These kind.of people live all over the house when the families ain' t there; whiqh it accounts for the smell of tobacco that flavors heverything in the place! (A bell rings) There is the gate bell! (She goes up to indows, and looks off R.) Phryne It must be rs. DowneT• Maggie No, ma'am; it is a gentleman! Phryne Can 1 t be Mark?

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Maggie That's it, ma' am! I knew he would not be long acoming ! He have found the address. Phryne Leave us! Go into my room! (MAGGIE places a chair c . and goes off L . ) How I shake! Oh! This will not do at all! There is a big sob in my throat! If I had to speak I feel I shall cry; and once I cry, there is an end to dignity! Let me remember--he threatened to lock me out of our house! I w11~ keep reieating those words to myself: "Loco me out! Lock me out! No woman with the sp1r1 t of a canary would stand that! "Lock me out! " I must not look at him! The sound of his voice will strip all the pride from my heart, whe~e it fits so awkwardly, that I feel like a fool in it! (Sits, facing to L . , so as to turn her back to door, R . ) And if his eyes meet mine, I--shall give in, and then I cannot excuse what I have done! (Enter VEREKER) is! There he "Lock me (A pause; SHE murmurs to herself) out!" Vereker I hope you slept well! Phryne (Starting up, turns round) You! You here! Vereker Did you not expect me? Expect you? You!--Phryne Vereker I learned that you had sent home for your wardrobe, and for your servant to join you here, so I presumed and hoped you were reconciled to the--a position--(R. ) I do not understand you! (L . ) Phryne What position? Vereker And that you had forgiven me!

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' Phryne I cannot perceive, sir, what I have. to forgive, unless you allude to your intrusion here! (L.) Vereker. That is true! I ought to have waited until I received your ferm1ss1on to present myself. Phryne Are you out of your senses, sir? or, have I taken leave ot mine? Vereker You have not, I see, discovered where you are--Pb.ryne I am in the house of Mre. Downey , at Fulham! I came here in her carriage, as you are well aware! Vereker Oh, no! You are in my house at Wimbledon, and you came here in my carriage, of which you were not at all aware! Phryne You are jesting! Come, Mr. Vereker, let this end; it is not the mom~nt for any silly mystification. Remember how I am placed, and if I may invoke the feelings you once professed towards me, show some respect, some tenderness, towards a very unhappy woman! You are witness last night to a foolish misunderstanding between Mr. Carrington and m yself; but you are not aware of the painful circumstances that ensue~. Vereker I am perfectly aware that your brute of a husband swore , that if you left the house you should never return to it. 'Of course, a dozen doors were open to the lovely outcast, but I contrived that she should accept my hospitality. Fortune favors the bold! You failed to discover the little ruse, and my predious jewel-was transported to this miserable casket. And here you are! You understand? . Phryne Yes! You expected to compromise me so irretrievably, and bring me so low, that I might become a fitting companion for you! Vereker Oh, no! Don' t look at it in that light. Maggie! Phryne (Calling off L . )

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Vereker My dear Phryne, do listen•• Phryne Mrs. Carrington is my name, sir! I have done nothing to for• feit the right to be addressed by it! (Enter MAGGIE) . Stay in this room while that person is here! After what he has done, it is doubtful what he may say. Now, sir, proceed! Vereker Pro-ceedT I--I don' t quite understand! I don ' t remember! Phryne You were explaining the successful trick by which I was entrapped into this house! You remarked that Fortune, the god of fools and knaves, r avors the bold, but you are not aware how far that divinity assisted you in making me appear infamous in the eyes of the man whose life and honor I have sacrificed! This morning I sent to his house--my home--requesting my personal ~ffects should be sent here--here to your address! You understand how hopelessly I am involved! I cannot expect him to believe that I remained a passive dupe in your hands! It seems incredible to myselt--Vereker Quite so! What would it appear to a lawyer, whose business it is to doubt everybody! Life would become intolerable beside him. Phryne Nothing! Nothing would carry conviction to his m nd of the truth! Can you see any escape from such a person? _ I can't! Vereker Why not become reconciled to it? Phcyne Thare are two insuperable obstacles! Vereker -Let me overcome them! What are they? Phryne One is: ' I am an honest woman! The other 1s: the unutterable contempt with which I regard you! Vereker This is all very fine! But what are you going to do? Phryne If I must ~ppear infamous, I must bear it as the penalty of my

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... fault! But to be i nfamous--Oh , no! and , frankly, you attord no temptation!---Maggie Not much! Vereker You are excited! I leave you until you cool down. Meanwhile , remember that your presence here is known only to ourselves-it is quite a family secret. Don' t ventilate the circumstanc es imprudently! Don' t let your temper circulate the scandal! Of course Mark will hold his tongue. Man of the world, y ou can rely on my discretion! (MARK appears at window in garden) note addressed to the Monte Carlo will always reach me. Eh! Good morning! Mark Stay a moment! M ggie Master here! I'm not wanted! (Exita) Vereker I presume I understand the motive of your visit! Mark I think not. Vereker I am prepared to afford you satisfaction. . ( To R. Corner) Mark I want none tha~ you can give me. You have already satisfied me that I married a woman who is not worth disputing with you! I don ' t propose to make you a hero on what is called the field of honor; nor seek in a law court a valuation of my feelings, and make you pay for her shame . Vereker Then , may I ask what you do want? Mark I want that you, this lady and I should understand one another! I begin with myself: Last night I was guilty of conduct towards her which no provocation on her part could justify--Veryker Very honorable in you to make this frank acknow--

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J Mark This is no affair of yours! I shall come to you presently! ' Vereker I thought you were offering an apology to her! Mark No, sir! I was offering an' a ology to myself! I owe the lady none! Now for you! It is right you shou l d know, and she should learn why I declined to receive you into my house, and why I requested my wife to drop your acquaintance! 111 you look over these papers? (Hands a packet of letters to Vereker) Vereker (After looking at them) In my hand-riting! Mark You recognized that? Vereker You have obtained possession of a private correspondence, and you have violated--Mark Nothing! Those papers came into my hands in the way of business two years ago . I was counsel in the case of Mellish versus Chappell. Amongst the do c uments furnished to the prosecutlon those letters were offered as evidence. They roved your share in a criminal fraud, and their production in court would have sent you into penal servitude! You were at that time a suitor for the hand of this lady. Those papers placed you , my rival at my mercy . I declined to use such means to remove you from my path. I betrayed my trust. The papers were mislai d and could not be found at the tr al, so you escape a sentence under which your accomplices are now suffering. You had better destroy them . Vereker I was unaware--of this•-this obligation--! owe you ! Mark Forget it, with the rest of your debts! I would rather you did not feel obliged to me for anything! I think you were going as I entered. I will not detain you longer. {At C . ) ( Up C . to R . ) Good mornin ! Thank you! Vereker

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{Going out he murmurs under his breath) Mark {Who has taken his hat and gloves from table. R.H.) I have no wish to inflict further pain upon you by my presence here, so let us speak briefly of the future, as the past is done with. I shall not interfere with your lite in any way . You will receive an allowance to sustain the name you will continue to bear, and at my death, whatever I have to leave, will be yours. You see, my broken heart eontains no resentment! I shall take upon myself the whole blame of our separation, none shall attach to you! I--have no more t.o say! Yes! (He goes slowly to window at back) That is all! (As he goes out dejectedly, and disappears into the garden, she falls slowly back on the floor insensible) C U R I N

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PHRYNE OR THE ROMANCE OF A YOUNG WIFE ACT IV

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ACT FOUR Scene I: The chambers or Mark Carrington. MARK seated at desk, R.C. BAGOT standing c. Mark Have you closed up all our business? Bagot BELL Yes, sir. I think you will find everything clear. -Mark There is a check for your salary up to Christmas. Bagot Thank you, sir;--you are very liberal. Mark And you have been very faithful. (Bell rings) You will not admit anyone to see me. Bagot A gentleman called here this morning, he left this card, and said he would call again at two ----this ~y be him. (Going) Mark (Reading card) Mr. O'Beirne: Stay, you may admit him. (Exit BAGOT) (Enter JACK L.3. E . ) Jack I hope there is no 111 feeling between us, Mark. Mark I am glad to see you. Jack That' s we11:--we heard that you were leaving England. Mark Yes, I sail next month for India; I have been appointed Judge of the upreme Court at Madras .

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Jack Likely to be gone long? Mark For life, I hope . Jack As I am the only relative Phryne has, I come on her behalf. Mark I have placed a sum of money at your disposal for her u -ort. Jack She has not touched it; and declines any assistance from you . Mark She has no means and I insist that she shall not expose my name to humiliation. Jack She does not bear your name:--and she has ample means and she kne you would not believe her---but I did because I had loved, believed her ever since s~e could lisp my name, and I knew she could not lie. Because I loved her--loved her well enough tog ve her u to you and guard her in your house like the faithful hound I was content to be, and when you drove us out of it, 0 loved her well enough to marry another woman that I might prov de an honorable home for her. Mark God bless you , Jack. Jaclc He did--with the best wife in the world. Mark Is Phryne with you still? I Jack What is that to you? Mark Have I lost the right to enquire? Jack Of course you have:--You have cut her adrif't--what is it to you on what shore she may be cast, if she is not dead--no thanks to you . But to the business that brought me hereFeeling herself to be a_ burden on your future career, she

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4-3 now desires to set you free that you may contract a marriage with someone more congenial to your aspirin soul. Someone ho will love you less and su t you better; she sends me with this offer of your freedom; you are a lawyer and can arrange some means of procuring a divorce. Mark Perhaps she foresees also someone to take my place. Jack You can feel no interest in what becomes of so unworthy a woman. Mark She loved me once. Jack I should think she did. (Rises) Since she took you when she might have had me. Mark O , if I could believe in her as you do. Don ' t try. better man. Jack Be Juat--release the Mark irl, and let her find a If she be innocent, what a wretch I have been. -------~

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Scene 2: ACT FOUR The morning room in the Country House of Sir ~dley Colpoys . Enter SIR DUDLEY with paper in his hand. Sir Dudley Brbara, Barbara. My dear, leave off teasing that unhappy instrument for a few moments , Barbara. (Enter BARBARA R . I . E . ) Barbara I promised to practic e my scales for one hour every morning; those are the orders or Miss Godfrey. Do you assume the responsibility of my disobedience? S i r Dudley No, no , what do you take me for? Barbara For a coward . Oh, papa. You---a baronet and a rear admiral afraid of a governess? Sir Dudley I do confess it. She is an ironclad. And when she brings her calm, big eyes to bear upon me I feel as if I were under the muzzles of a pair of 84 pounders. Barbara Take care papa. ThoBe big guns are making a target of your heart. (Xes R.) Sir Dudle Nonsense. I am fifty years of age and she is not f ve and twenty. (Xes to R . ) Barbara Look me in the race. Do you dare to tell me that you never contemplated turning my governess into my mamma? Sir Dudley There is a p cture hanging in our dining room that answers you . It represents the old line of battleship, the Vanguard , being towed into port by a lively little'steamer. That means

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an old hulk like me being toed to the grave by a lovely young creature like Miss Godfrey. Barbara Is that why I have seen your eyes fixed so sadly on that panting? I'll have it burned. I won' t allo any one to call my papa an old hulk. Sir Dudley Then you would not grud e her a share of my heart, eh? Barbara Should I be here by your side this moment , if she had not nursed me through the typhoid fever? The doctor told me she never closed her eyes for three n ghts. He says she saved my life. Could I refuse her a share of yours? Sir Dudle --I think she is much respected by everyone in ~his neighborhood. But what would the world say? Barbara You have no one in the world to be atra d of except me, and I g ve my consent. Sir Dudle But, would she give hers? Barbara sk her. Sir Dudley I would sooner sail up to Gibraltar, and demand render. (Enter SERV T with a card L . I . E . ) What 1s here? A visitor • . (Reads card) its sur-Oh, Lord Vauxhs.11 . We shall be delighted to see him. (Exit SERVANT ) Stay; Barbara where are you off to? Barbara I am going to the village to see Miss Godfrey. Sir Dudle Will you not stay to welcome your intended husband? Barbara I may welcome his lordship when I succeed in forgetting my

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cousin Philip, the dear bo y you drove away from our house three years ago. Sir Dudley Because he was an unmitigated scamp . Barbara But he loved me. Where is he no 1 Sir Dudley _ The Lord knows; gone to the devil, perhaps; he was due there. Barbara He was last heard of at Palermo, very 111 . Sir Dudley No wonder , he left England with a delapidated constitution. Barbara If you had kept him here he would not have delapidated himself. Sir Dudley Lord Billericay is a disgrace to h s title. He was expelled from college; then he went on the tu.rt, (he had better have gone under it) then he took to drink----Barbara The poor boy is so weak . Two glasses of our home-made wine always made him 111 . .. S i r Dudley No wonder . ONE would settle me. But worst of all--well,-t is not fit for you to hear. Barbar In that case it is your duty to tell me. Sir Dudley There ~as some circus woman. Barbara How dreadful. Sir Dudle You see to what society he descended. Brbara (R. ) If he had run away with a duchess----

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Sir Dudley Barbara, I am horrified at you . Barbara So am I . I know I ought to forget poor Phil but I can' t . (Enter VEREKER L . I . E . ) Vereker Pardon me taking you by surprise. Sir Dudley My dear lord, you are always welcome to Penmaddoc, we trust, you regard it as your future home. Verekr Will my lovel af (Xes R . ) anced add her assurance to yours? Sir Dudley Of course she will. I suppose you have come down to inspect the estate? re you ~tayin at the Hall? Vereker No; I have taken rooms at the village inn. Sir Dudley You must stop here with us. Vereker I would not intrude----Sir Dudley Intrude! In the house of your father-inlaw , that is to be . Barbara Stay. Before his lordship accepts your invitation, which he may think includes mine, let us understand each other.----Vereker With all my heart---Barbara By the recent death of your grand-uncle, you came into the title you wear; but as there was no estate attached to it--except the Hall and a few acres---the inheritance was a barren honor. Vereker Vox et praeterea nihil: In fact, Vaux, without the Hall. Barbara The estate was bequeathed to me---

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4-8 Sir Dudley With the condition•---Barbara With no condition, whatever. I have seen the will. The old lord left a letter addressed to me, where he expressed a hope, that you might reform----Vereker He never liked me----Barbara And if you could become worthy of me----Vereker Impossible condition. Barbara nd if there was no outstanding claim upo-n my heart----Vereker What a business-like angel you are----Barbara You might through me regain the estate. Vereker nd, like a lovely minister of justice, you pronounce a decree in my favor. Barbara The court reserves its decision. (Exits R . ) Her mind happened? Vereker seems rather unsettled on this subject. What has Sir Dudley Her cousin, Lord Billericay, had returned to England. Vereker I understood that child's play was at an end. Sir Dudley So I thought---indeed I have her word that she would not speak to him if they met . But he advised--make sure of her. Vereker How can I do so , if she will not be gu ded by you---S1r Dudley Try to gain the influence of Miss Godfrey, there is no lady

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in the county more respected. Vereker Who is she? (R. ) Sir Dudley Simply a music teacher and the organist of our church, but she is worshipped by us all and if she would consent to take Barbara' s place as mistress of Penmaddoc I would make her Lady Colpoys tomorrow;--so pay your court to her, my lord. (Enter SERVANT L . I . E . ) Servant Mr. Carrington, sir. Sir Dudley how him in. This is most fortunate. I want to bring you two together. Verelcer The dev 1 . Sir Dudle He s trustee under the late lords will and I am sure, when he knows you better, you will remove his repugnance to the marriage. (Enter MARK L . I . E . ) I am_glad to see you . I believe I need not introduce you gentlemen, to each other. Mark I think it is unnecessary. Vereker Quite so---good-morning • . ' ( Going R . ) Mark Stay. My visit here concerns you , it is better you should hear what I have to say. Sir Dudley Yes; it may tend to reconcile you both. Cc.) Mark I have declined to accept the office of trustee to your daughter, as I cou d not fulfil the wishes of the late lord n respect to this gentleman. (Xes to R . ) I would ra her attend her funeral than w tness her marriage

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with you, sir. (L. ) Vereker 4 -10 That is rather a vigorous statement. 111 you kindly mention 1the ground on wh ch it is made. ark You know I cannot. Vereker I thought so. Sir Dudle Is that just. ark ery unjust to you--but it matters little, in a few days I sail for India. (Xes to L . ) Vereker o one will follow your departure with a more grater 1 sense of relief----Bon voyase. (Exits R . I . E . ) ark I leave you with one sincere piece of advice;--give your daughter o h~r cousin, Lord Billericay, he may be a fool but he s a gentleman;--the two characters may coexist. Sir Dudley I am a remarkable spec men of tha fact--I contemplate marry• ing again. ark I see no folly in that. ou are not fifty years of age. Sir Dudley But the girl I adore is not twenty-five. When I tell you that she is governess of my daughter I fear you will laugh at me. Mark If she is not doing so , why should I? I presume you know the lady well; her character and family; and that she is~ lling to become the mother of your child. Is she a native of this county? Sir Dudle o; she came here a stranger e ghteen months ago. But her modest gentle, lovely nature soon won our hearts. She is an angel.

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Mark or course. There is a per od 1n every woman' s life when she is an angel. The period is short. Sr Dudley he has suffered some great misfortune----Mark hich as cooled her down into being a woman. Sir Dudley Perhaps some unhappy love affair. Mark So much the better. She s less sub ec attack. Sir Dudley If you only knew her as I do . Mark o a second For what purpose? To be deceived by an angel f a ce? My dear ir Dudley, for a whole year I lived beside one of these heavenly creatures--the envy of our little world. My life was brimful of hers. We knew no society but our loving selve. Out of this cloudless sky fell the thunderbolt: One night, after a fe foo ish words exchanged in anger, she turne d a nd left my house---flung me aside like a worn out glove. I cannot tell you how I discovered her nex day, a degrad d woman. S i r Dudley 1111 stake my life upon the truth of this one. Mark So I staked mine and lost. I wish you every ha piness with her. 111 you not let me take my leave of your daughter--! must catch the three o 'clock train. Sir Dudley She 1s at Miss Go fray' s cottage, it is 1n your road to the station;--! will walk with you. Mark You are resolved I shall see this aragon of yours,--well if it must be so. (Exeunt L . l . E . )

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ACT FOUR Scene 3 : The interior of a cottage. Enter GGIE, folloed by LORD BILLER-ICY R . 3 . E . . Maggie This way , sir. What name shall I say? Lord Billericay There is my card. (Hands Maggie a card) Mag ie M ss Godfrey is engaged with a pu 11. I don' t think she can see you, s r . (Going) Lord Billeric y Say I will cal~ again, at any hour she may find it convenient to receive me. (Exit GGIE L.) I feel l ke a er minal wa ting forte return of the jur w th their verdict. here d d I put Ba.bee ' s letter? I am so nervous. I wish I had a glass of brandy, just to brace me u . o , I forgot; I have sworn off. Come, be a man , Billery. Be a man for once in your life. Ah, I never was ,-don• t think I ever shall be. (Enter PHRYNE with card L . 3 . E . ) Phryne Lord Bill.ericay. Lord Billericay Ye-es, that' s me. (Recognizes her Bus . ) Phry e I can guess the object of your visit. Lord Billericay Thanks, very much . That 1s a great re ef. Barbara has told you all about me, I suppose? Phryne I believe s o .

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Lord Billerica You must th nk me an awful bad lot. Phryne What must you th nk of me, r you come here, taking for granted you can use me, and perhaps my house, as convenence to correspond with and to meet my pup l? Lord Biller ca I don' t ro ose anyt..in of the k nd. If unc e Dudley kicked me out, I deserved it; and when he considered me no t com• pan on for Barbara, I knew that better than he d d. Phryne Did ou tell him so Lord Biller ca No; I went on a long drunk, and oke u in a police cou t . Then the newspap rs went for me. They took me as a sub ect for a lecture on the de radat on of the ar stocracy. That finished me. Every friend deserted me. Phryne o; Barbara rema ned true. I am afraid it 1s wrong in me to say so. Lor B llerica o , no . I give you my honor (and I don t think I have parted 1th that), I will not attem t to see her. If we meet I w 11 not speak to her. I accept your pledge. here. Phryne Sit down , and tell me what brings you Lord Biller1cay This letter from Barbara. (Hands her a letter) It reached me at Palermo, and brou ht me home. Phryne (Reading) "The only person who exercises influence over pa is 1 s Godfrey, my mus c teacher. I love her de rl, and I think papa has lost his heart to my lovely overness. If she will speak for us, he willy eld to her intercess on. If she fail, then my life will not be worth having; so I don' t care what becomes of me." Lord Billericay Oh. Miss Godfrey, that means she will marry my rival-r val in ever respect. He is qu teas bad a lot as I am. You may not believe that.

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Phryn I will take your or for t . Poor Brbara must choose between you two---bad lots. Lord B ller cay wful, isn' t it? Ohm (Enter B RB RA, breathless. BILLERIC Y starts up . FHRYNE rises) Brbara (Passing to L., and takin13 without seeing Billericay) dear; I am ins ch trouble. Phryne off her hat (Looking from one to the other) So am I . . Barbara He has come at last. ( L . ) Phryne Yes . And I suggest that he had better go. Brbara (Coming down to her, sees Billerioay, and stands amazed) Oh, Bill• Babe. (Runs to him) Lord B ller cay (They are about to approach, when PHRYNE arrests them with a gesture) Phryne Ah , remember , my lord, where you are; and the pled e ou have gi.ven me. This youn lady, my pupil, is a perfect str n er to you . Lord Billericay Quite so. I forgot. Oh, dear. Phryne Any familiarity under my roof is--a breach of contract. Lord Billerica Yes . I-nuppose I had better go . I have prom sed u on m y honor not to address my cous n Barbara. nd I won• t••not if I die for it.

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Phryne (To Barbara) And you have promised your father, that if you met this gentleman you would not speak to him. I Barbara I will keep my word. But should you see cousin Phil, tell him from me that I have never changed a bit. Phryne Stop. Barbara And I never will. And I don•t believe he is half as bad as they say he is. Lord Billericay (On the other side'or Phryne) Tell her he is worse---much worse. (Between them) Oh, this will never do. (Calls) Mag ie. :Phryne Barbara nd I don' t care if he is. I will continue true to him. nd I always attend church ~ervice every Wednesday afternoon-• when there is nobody there---Phryne (Handing Billericay his hat) Good morning, _ I am so sorry you are obliged to go . (Enter GGIE) Lord Billericay Try to persuade her that she is an angel, and that I went to the devil for her sake. Phryne Maggie, the door. Barbara (Pursuing them up stage} And I will die and be buried before I give him up . Maggie This way, sir. ( Shows him out)

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Phryne re you not ashamed of yourself to use me so? Lord Billerica7 (Returning, followed by MAGGIE) I have left my loves somewhere . Phryne You have got them on. Lord Biller1cay Oh, so I have. I--I was in hopes I had left them here. (Exits pre~eded by MAGGIE) Phryne Your father should be informed of this meeting. Barbara I suppose so. He must be. Will you tell him? (L.) Why should I interfere? (C.) Phryne Barbara Phryne Brabra My intended husband has arrived to claim the fulfillment of my promise. (Xes to R . ) Phryne Did you give any to marry him? Barbara If I did I feel I cannot keep it. {Xes R . ) But papa will hold me to my word, unless you persuade him . He will 1 sten to you. He sees with your eyes, hears with your ears, and will be guided by your wishes. ( To her cares.singly) Phryne I have read this letter, (Hand s the letter to Barbara) so I cannot pretend to misunderstand you.

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Barbara Oh. Why cannot you make your home with us? (Behind her L . ) . Phryne I will tell you why. You have remarked this locket, that never leaves my neck•-what do you suppose it contains? Barbara The ortrait of some one you were very fond of. (Leans over her) Phryne tis the portrait of a life---open it. Barbara {Opens locket) wedding ring. Oh, you were engaged to somebody , and you have lost him. (Arms about her) Phryne Yes . Barbara Is he dead? Phryne To me. Yes . (Rises, crosses to c . ) Barbara (Returns locket) I understand. (Comes L . C . arms about Phryne) Phryne I came here, as a wounded animal seeks the ~oneliest spot, to hide away and perish out of sight. But a new life grew up around me. Gentle hearts brought me comfort, if not content, and made for my sorrow a home---Barb ra Until I brought you trouble. Forget what I have said, it is all onsense. But if you may not speak to papa, you can see my intended. Phryne Yes , I w111 see him if you wish. Barbara How good you are.

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(Ente~ing R.) Maggie Mr. and Mrs. Jack 01Bierne and Mrs. Downey: Barb Visitors. I'm off. (Exit C) (Enter JACK, RIT and MRS. DOWNEY. R.3.E.) Rita Here we are. Phry. Mrs. Downey . (Crosses to her) Mrs. D . Oh, you dreadful wilfull girl, how glad I am to see you again. . Jack It was Rita betrayed your secret--it wasn ' t me. (On R) Rita Isn't that mean --to shift the blame on to my shoulders. (L) Jack The loveliest in the world. (To Phryne) Mrs. Downey Oh, how you have improved . Jack Impossible, there was no room for it. Phryne Please confine such remarks to your wife. (LC) Rita Let them out Jack, I know I come second . Jac k No, my heart has twins; I am fit to be shown in a museum as a man who is in love with two women at the same time . Phr e Hold your tongue. Jack I won'tl I am proud of it.

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Rita So am I . (Sits on sofa L ) Phryne I am sorry to observe you are in mourning . Mrs. Downey I should think I was . Phryne You have suffered a loss? Mrs. Downey Eight hundred a year. (Sits L of table) Eighteen months ago I wrote to Downey, as usual, to say I was going out to join him , and instead of a remittance they enclosed me a certificate of his decease. (Bua) Phryne How dreadful. Mrs. Downey He left me without a enny. Jack found me in despair. Jack I thought Rita was in want of a mother--a bodyguard . Mrs . Downey was a good figure to play the part. Rita (X to her) So I enga ed her to take care of me, while I take care of her, and a better mother never spoiled an only child. Jack She is inclined to overact, when she invents a noble father-her first husband, the predecessor of Downey, a Mexican count. Mrs. o,vney It is strengthening my hand. Jack Yes; but you need not hold five acres. rs. Downey The public love a little romance. That disobed ent girl refuses to mount a coronet on her note pap r, or to ign herself Donna Rita Segovia y artinez, Countess of Cuzco• Chihuahua . Jack he prefers Mrs. Jack 01Be1rne . (Re-onter BARBARA)

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Barbara He is here--Oh, I beg your pardon, you are en aged. (L. C} Phryne No do not go•-this is Miss Col oy Mrs. Downey, Mr. 0 1 Ae1rne . Rita (X to him} Rita Martinez, who is very glad to know you . Barbara 4 20 I am not surprised that Billy forgot me when he saw you . I Rita But he did not--I let him talk to me about you , and that was all the charm he found in me. Jack (R) Is she not an American angel? Barbara You seem very good . Jack She is the same all through. Barbara I am sure of it. to see you . Dear Miss God~rey , he is waiting outside (To the rest) Phryne Will you allow Miss Colpoys to sho domain: Jack you around my littl e Which being interpreted means "$et out" (Offers Barbara his arm) Who would not follow Miss Colpop to the end of the earth. Rita Jack. Stop it--how dare you do it under my very nose. Mrs. Downey Better there than behind your back, my dear. Phryne (Goes up , following them) How hap y they are. (Exe unt) (Enter VEREKER. R 3 E)

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Vereker (Down R) So I must propiate the governess. This designing woman has evidently got possession of Sir Dudleyi and rules the whole establishment. She will marry the o d fool. Now, to deal with my respected mother-in-law, on whose decision my rate depends. (PHRYNE comes down; they stand astounded regarding each other) Phryne • . Phryne You! I--I expected to see another person. { C to L ) Vereker Lord Vauxh.all? I am he . I little anticipated this meeting. But I understand your position. (To R 0) Phryne I hope then you will respect it. Verker You may rely on my discretion. Your secret is safe with me. (C) If I were not a poor man , I would ask you to get a divorce from Carrington and become my wife, but you are a luxury I cannot afford. I envy Sir Dudley who is blindly infatuated. No wonder. (To R) Pbryne But you are aware that Mr. Carrington is my husband. Vereker Of course. You will get released from that tie•(Turning) Phryne And vover my soiled name with that of this worthy gentleman. Vereker You women are so clever. I-(To R) Don•t doubt you have contri~ed some little plan to deceive the old fool, in which, whatever it may be, you can rely on my assistance. • Phryne . I am sure of that. And the price for. that assistance is simply my help to obtain for you the hand and fortune of his daughter? (Still 0)

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Vereker And yours, that is to be. Preci s ly. And if I decline--You on ' t do that? (Toward her RC) Phryne Ve eker I am sure ou 111 not place me in s o ainful a predic ament . Pbr e out w th it. You mean that ou 11 proclaim me to be the im oster I am. You will tear the mask from my face. Vereker I have no wish to injure your position in this neighborhood, but f you use your power over Sir Dudley and Barbara to defeat my claims here, I shall feel justified ind sclo in to them hat you are. Now make up your Charmin mind about this matter. Don' t be rash; t h nk it over. (PHRYNE rings the bell) What arc you doin? Phryne I am mak ng up my mind , as your lordship requests. (Enter GGIE Q 3 E) (To Maggie) You w 11 find Miss arbara in the garden -beg her to com he e. I wish to see him he e . Mag 1e Sir Dudley is comin u (Exit C to R ) the lane, M1ss. Ah, so Let us Would ch the better. (To Verc:;ker ) Phryne ait until he comes . (Around C) Vereker t not be better to see them privately? Phr ne No. This s art of the little scheme I have contrived to which you alluded just now. (Sits on sof) Vereker hall I not be rather awkwardly placed? Phryne Not at all. Your presence is essential.

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Vereker Pray, 9JCl>lain your intention? (Down R), Phryne Don' t you think the Japanese are in many ways a remarkable people? Vereker The Japanese. Phryne Yes. They seem to have exerted an influence over our taste in decorative art. (Fan bus) Vereker (Aside) Is she off her head? We heard that she had passed some time in a lunatic asylum. Phryne There is one of their customs which I find admirably graceful. I mean that os self-execution. Vereker (Aside) My sudden appearance has provoked a relapse. Phryne They call it Hari-Kar1. When the honor of a nobleman is wounded and he perceives no means of redress, he becomes his own executioner. Vereker I do not believe in any such nonsense. (Enter SIR DUDLEY R . BARBARA C) Phryne I am glad you have come. I want your presence to witness an act of supreme justice in whichnny lord here cannot believe. Vereker What the devil can she mean? Phryne There are two guests here in your house whose presence dishonors your roof; two imposters whom it is my duty to unmask; one is the disgraced wife of Mark Carrington, the other an unconvicted felon. (Enter MRS. DOWNEY, RITA, and JACK C) Two years ago that woman in a moment of passion left the home of her husband to seek refuge with a friend.

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Mrs . Downe Yes , with me. (To her) Phryene By a co a dly sna e she was carried to a house hich she pelieved to be that of this lady-• it was the residence of a man who had contrived this scheme to com romise her good name . I was that hel less, nnocent woman, and there is the man who wreclced my life. (X C ) Do ou belteve me? Sir D I do, with all my soul. Barbara .(Crosses to her) So do I . Vereke (R) I must be allowed to qualify these statements as purely 1ma inary. The lady has been recently the inmate of an asflum from which, it seems , she has been prematurely released. Phryne {Down LC to Rita) (BARBAR turns to Sir D ) Is it false also that here a few moments ago hen you dis• covered in Miss Godfrey, your victim--when you thought her in your power, you threatened to expose the disgraced wife if she refused her aid to deceive Sir Dudle and sacrifice his child. Vereker (C) Has this unhappy lady no friend to take care of her and put her under pro er restraint. Mark Yes, my lord, she has one who feels at last how deepl she has been wronged and who can verify very word she has spoken. Phryne ark! (He goes to her and embraces her) Jack I could not imagine by what means conviction could be carnied to Carrington as to the share you took in this business, ut you have managed it very well. Vereker So glad to have ass sted at a reconciliation. Sir Dudley, I tl'Ust you will extend a pardon to your nephew--I resign 1n his favor.

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Sir Dudley You anticipate my intentions. (PHRYNE and MARK on sofa) Vereker Good evening. (Exit) Mark Sir Dudley , you assured me that in Miss Godfrey I should find all that was lovely, g r acious, and pure in woman; forg ve me if I am a convert to your creed. (X C ) Don' t laugh at me. Sir Dudley Phryne Laugh at you--m benefactor, my father. Sir Dudley I must lose you; and my daughter also, what will become of me--Jack (Aside) Downey , my dear, nowt s your chance. Bill No, sir; Barbara will never leave your side. Youwill take me in to board for life. Jack I sar , Phryne , how about that offer I took from you to Mark a bou the di VO ce. (Embracing Mark ) Phryne Oh, no . T A G Ring . The heart that conquers is the heart that yields. CUR T I N .

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