Four Plays

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A.A. Knopf, 1915 - French drama - 234 pages
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Page 81 - And you will of course give orders that the little blue coupe be placed at his disposal? POIRIER. The one I usually use — ? DUKE. Oh, I positively refuse — POIRIER. But I can easily hire one; there is a stand at the end of the street. VERDELET [aside]. Fool! Idiot! GASTON [to the DUKE]. Now, let us take a look at the stables. Yesterday I got a superb Arabian — you can tell me what you think of him. Come. DUKE [to POIRIER].
Page 84 - Government honor industry in calling one of her representatives into its midst? Don't you think it admirable that we live in a country and an age in which labor opens every door? You have a right to look forward to becoming a peer some day, and you ask, "What do I care?
Page 93 - You say you are happy, my dear Gaston. That is the finest recompense I could have. GASTON. I ask nothing better than to increase my gratitude twofold. POIRIER. You have spent three months of your honeymoon in the lap of idleness and luxury, and I think that that part of the romance is enough. It's now time to give your attention to hard facts. GASTON. You talk like a book, I do declare! Very well, let us give our attention to history. POIRIER. What do you intend to do? GASTON. To-day? POIRIER. And...
Page 116 - Poirier, your home will soon become a center of marvelous pleasures, a miniature Capua. But I am afraid I should become a slave of luxury and I shall, therefore, leave no later than to-morrow. POIRIER. I am sorry to hear it, but my home is not a prison. What career do you intend to follow? Medicine or Law? GASTON. Who said anything about a career? POIRIER. Or will you enter the Department of Roads and Bridges? For you will certainly be unable to keep up your rank on nine thousand francs income?
Page 78 - ... long to find a better. DUKE. Really, you are the most fortunate of men. GASTON. And wait — you might imagine that my marriage has lessened me in the eyes of the world, that it has "taken the shine out of me,
Page 80 - Another rat in the cheese! DUKE. I beg your pardon, monsieur, for accepting an invitation which my friend Gaston has possibly been a trifle too hasty in offering. POIRIER. Monsieur le Marquis, my sonin-law, need never feel obliged to consult me before inviting his friends to stay with him here. The friends of our friends — GASTON. Very well, Monsieur Poirier. Hector will stay in the garden pavilion. Is it ready for him? POIRIER. I shall see to it at once. DUKE. I am very sorry, monsieur, to cause...
Page 79 - Heaven knows how or why, and he imagines that he belongs to a nobility older than our own. He never loses an opportunity to pose as champion of the nobility, and tries to make people believe for that very reason that he represents it. If a Montmorency is scratched, he howls as if he himself had been hit. I tell you there was a quarrel brewing between us, and last night it came to a head over a game of cards. I'll let him off with a scratch — the first in the history of his family. . DUKE. Has he...
Page 134 - You are right, madame, to despise a man who is utterly unworthy of you. I have lost all, even the right to pity myself — I don't pity myself. — Come, Hector. DUKE. Wait. Do you know where he is going, madame? To fight a duel. VERDELET and ANTOINETTE. To fight a duel? GASTON. What are you saying? DUKE. Well, if your wife doesn't love you any longer, there is no reason for hiding the truth. — Yes, madame, he is going to fight a duel. ANTOINETTE. Oh, Tony, his life is in danger — ! DUKE. What...
Page 117 - Take my word for it, my dear Gaston, stay with me; you will be more comfortable than in a home of your own. Think of your children, who will not be sorry some day to find in the pockets of the Marquis de Presles the savings of old man Poirier.
Page 136 - Haven't you given ample proofs of it? POIRIER. And then what do you care for the opinion of a lot of know-nothings? You will have the respect of my friends, and that ought to be enough — • GASTON. You see, madame, people would laugh at me, and you could not love a ridiculous man very long. DUKE. No one would laugh at you. Let me take your excuses to the ground, and I promise you that there will be no levity. GASTON. What!

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