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By Lord Dunsany
[Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron]
BERT, BILL: two railway porters
THE MAN IN THE CORNER
HAFIZ EL ALCOLAHN
BAZZALOL, THOOTHOOBABA: two Nubian door-keepers
BEN HUSSEIN, Lord of the Pass
ZABNOOL, SHABEESH: two conjurers
OMAR, a singer
ZAGBOOLA, mother of Hafiz
THE SHEIK OF THE BISHAREENS
Notables, soldiers, Bishareens, dancers, etc.
A small railway station near London.
Time: Ten years ago.
'Ow goes it, Bill?
Goes it? 'Ow d'yer think it goes?
I don't know, Bill. 'Ow is it?
Why? What's wrong?
Wrong? Nothing ain't wrong.
What's up then?
Nothing ain't right.
Why, wot's the worry?
Wot's the worry? They don't give you
better wages nor a dog, and then they thinks
they can talk at yer and talk at yer, and say
wot they likes, like.
Why? You been on the carpet, Bill?
Ain't I! Proper.
Why, wot about, Bill?
Wot about? I'll tell yer. Just coz I let
a lidy get into a train. That's wot about.
Said I ought to 'av stopped 'er. Thought the
train was moving. Thought it was dangerous.
Thought I tried to murder 'er, I suppose.
Wot? The other day?
Why. The one that dropped her bag?
Yes. Drops 'er bag. Writes to the company.
They writes back she shouldn't 'av
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