The Admirable Crichton: A Comedy
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lights within a mile of the shore—a great ship. LORD LOAM. A ship—always a ship. LADY MARY. Father, this is no dream. LORD LOAM (looking timidly at CRICHTON). It's a dream, isn't it? There's no ship? CRICHTON (soothing him with a touch). You are awake, Daddy, and there is a ship. LORD LOAM (clutching him). You are not deceiving me? CRICHTON. It is the truth. LORD LOAM (reeling). True?—a ship—at last! (He goes after the others pitifully.) CRICHTON (quietly). There is a small boat between
AGATHA. 'But by great good luck I heard his cries'— LORD LOAM. My cries? AGATHA.—'and rushing forward with drawn knife, I stabbed the monster to the heart.' (LORD LOAM shuts his book with a pettish slam. There might be a scene here were it not that CRICHTON reappears and goes to one of the glass cases. All are at once on the alert and his lordship is particularly sly.) LORD LOAM. Anything in the papers, Catherine? CATHERINE. No, father, nothing—nothing at all. ERNEST (it pops out as of
to know that you are not quite perfect, dear. (She rests her hands on his shoulders. She has a moment of contrition.) George, when we are married, we shall try to be not an entirely frivolous couple, won't we? We must endeavour to be of some little use, dear. LORD BROCKLEHURST (the ass). Noblesse oblige. LADY MARY (haunted by the phrases of a better man). Mary Lasenby is determined to play the game, George. (Perhaps she adds to herself, 'Except just this once.' A kiss closes this episode of
excessive luxury of the day are well known, and what I preach I am resolved to practise. I have therefore decided that my daughters, instead of having one maid each as at present, shall on this voyage have but one maid between them. (Three maids rise; also three mistresses.) CRICHTON. My lord! LORD LOAM. My mind is made up. ERNEST. I cordially agree. LORD LOAM. And now, my friends, I should like to think that there is some piece of advice I might give you, some thought, some noble saying
how unlike you, Mary. LADY MARY. It is my duty to protect my sisters. CATHERINE. I never knew her so sweet before, Agatha. (Cautiously.) What do you propose to do, Mary? LADY MARY. I propose when we are on the yacht to lend Fisher to you when I don't need her myself. AGATHA. Fisher? LADY MARY (who has the most character of the three). Of course, as the eldest, I have decided that it is my maid we shall take with us. CATHERINE (speaking also for AGATHA). Mary, you toad. AGATHA. Nothing on