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Title: The Title A Comedy in Three Acts Author: Arnold Bennett Release Date: June 22, 2004 [EBook #12687] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE TITLE *** Produced by Jonathan Ingram, David McLachlan and PG Distributed Proofreaders _The Title_ A COMEDY IN THREE ACTS BY ARNOLD BENNETT LONDON CHATTO & WINDUS MCMXVIII CHARACTERS MR.
CULVER MRS.
CULVER HILDEGARDE CULVER } their children JOHN CULVER } TRANTO MISS STARKEY SAMPSON STRAIGHT PARLOURMAID ACT I An evening between Christmas and New Year, before dinner. ACT II Sat Apr 01 00:23:26 2017 2 The next evening, after dinner. ACT III The next day, before lunch. The scene throughout is a sitting-room in the well-furnished West End abode of the Culvers.
There is a door, back.
There is also another door (L) leading to Mrs.
Culver’s boudoir and elsewhere. ACT I ACT I Hildegarde _is sitting at a desk, writing_.
John, _in a lounging attitude, is reading a newspaper_. _Enter_ Tranto, _back_. TRANTO.
Good evening. HILDEGARDE (_turning slightly in her seat and giving him her left hand, the right still holding a pen_).
Good evening.
Excuse me one moment. TRANTO.
All right about my dining here to-night? (Hildegarde _nods_.) Larder equal to the strain? HILDEGARDE.
Macaroni. TRANTO.
Splendid. HILDEGARDE.
Beefsteak. TRANTO.
Great heavens! (_imitates sketchily the motions of cutting up a piece of steak.
Shaking hands with_ John, _who has risen_).
Well, John. How are things? Don’t let me disturb you.
Have a cigarette. JOHN (_flattered_).
Thanks.
(_As they light cigarettes_.) You’re the first person here that’s treated me...





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