Mary's Wedding: A Play in One Act

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L. Phillips, 1920 - 24 pages
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Page 6 - AIREY . . . Mr. Charles Bibby. Two MAIDS. VILLAGERS AND OTHERS. SCENE : The Davis's Cottage. NOTE. There is no attempt made in the play to reproduce exactly the Westmorland dialect, which would be unintelligible to ears coming new to it, but only to catch the rough music of it and the slow inflection of northern voices.
Page 11 - E be a sodden beast wi' never a soul to be saved or damned ANN. 'Cept for the drink, 'e've been a good son to 'is old mother when the others 'ud 'a' left 'er to rot i
Page 17 - ole world to play with when they will give never a thought to us that gives it t' em. MRS. A. My pretty, my pretty, there's never a one of us can 'elp a man that thinks 'isself a man an' strong, poor fool, an' there's never a one of us can 'elp a man that's got a curse on 'im and is rotten through to t' bone, an' not one day can you be a 'elp to such a man as this. . . . MARY. There's not one day that I will not try, and not one day that I will not fight to win 'im back. . . . MRS. A. The life of...
Page 18 - ... I be a poor old woman now with never a creature to come near me in kindness, an' I was such a poor old woman before ever the 'alf of life was gone, an' so you'll be if you take my son for your man. He's the best of my sons, but I curse the day that ever he was born. . . . MARY. There was never a man the like of Bill. If ye see 'un striding the 'ill, ye know 'tis a man by 'is strong, long stride ; and if ye see 'un leapin...
Page 11 - Tis not like a weddin' day for 'er. . . . If she'd 'ad a new dress, now ANN. I said to 'er would she like a new dress ; but she would have only the old 'un, cut an' shaped to be in the fashion. . . . Et 'as been a strange coortin', an' 'twill be a strange life for 'em both, I'm thinkin', for there seems no gladness in 'er, nor never was, for she never was foolish an' she never was young ; but she was always like there was a great weight on 'er, so as she must be about the world alone, but always...
Page 8 - ave broke loose and gone down to the Mortal Man an' the woman that keeps 'arf our men in drink. . . . 'Tis she is the wicked one, giving 'em score an' score again 'till they owe more than they can ever pay with a year's money.
Page 12 - ... im that must be drowned or 'im go mad — an' only the foreigners like me or them as 'as foreign blood new in 'em can 'old out again it ; 'tis the curse o' livin' too long between two line o
Page 22 - I'm to walk to t' church o' Tom's arm. . . ? ANN. An' I to Tom's left ; wi' the bridesmaids be'ind, an' the rest a followin'. . . . [TOM returns, followed by two GIRLS bringing armfuls of flowers. With these they deck the room, and keep the choicest blooms for MARY. ANN and the three girls are busied with making MARY reach her most beautiful. MRS. AIREY goes. At intervals one VILLAGER and another comes to give greeting or to bring some small offering of food or some small article of clothing. MARY...
Page 13 - Good day to you, Mrs. Airey. MRS. A. Good day to you, Ann Davis. ANN. Good day to you, Mrs. Airey. Will ye sit down ? [She dusts a chair and MRS. AIREY sits by the fireside. She sits silent for long while TOM and ANN look uneasily at her and at each other. MRS. A. So 'tis all ready for Bill's wedding. TOM. Ay. 'Tis a fine day, an' the folks bid, and the sharry-bang got for to drive to Coniston, all the party of us.
Page 8 - tis long years she'll be a livin' wi' what she's been waitin' for ; 'tis long years she'll live to think ower it and watch the thing she's taken for her man, an' long years that she'll find 'un feedin' on 'er, an' a dreary round she'll 'ave of et. . . . ANN. Three times she 'ave come to a month of weddin', an' three times 'e 'ave broke loose and gone down to the Mortal Man an' the woman that keeps 'arf our men in drink.

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