The Servant in the House eBook

Charles Rann Kennedy
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 90 pages of information about The Servant in the House.

MANSON.  Come along, Rogers.  Take that end.

[They lay the cloth, as it were with ceremonial gravity, MANSON being at the upper end of the table.  They pay no heed to the others, who watch them interestedly.]

ROBERT.  I could just do with a good, square feed.  My work meks me ’ungry.

MANSON.  Flowers, Rogers.

[ROGERS brings vase from side-board and places it on the VICAR’S side of the table.  MANSON removes it to a more communal position.  Presently looking up, he sees the group to his left watching him.]

Oh, beg pardon, sir:  perhaps you’d like to know—­the Bishop of
Benares is here.

VICAR.  What, already!  Let’s have him in at once!

[MANSON deliberates with the flowers before he speaks.]

MANSON.  He is here.

[The VICAR crosses towards him.]

VICAR.  What do you mean?  Where is he?

[MANSON looks at him over the flowers.]

MANSON.  Here.

[The VICAR steps back, gazing at him.  After a moment he gasps.]

VICAR.  In God’s name, who are you?

MANSON.  In God’s Name—­your brother.

[He holds out his hand.  The VICAR takes it, sinking to his knees and sobbing as one broken yet healed.]

[The curtain descends slowly.]


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