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Steele MacKaye
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 58 pages of information about Representative Plays by American Dramatists.

GOUROC.

Health and fraternity, Citizens!  We come for Paul Kauvar, President of our Section.

NANETTE.

[Gruffly.]

He’s not at home.

GOUROC.

Ah, indeed!

[Sitting.]

Then we will await him here.

[All sit in silence.

NANETTE.

[Aside, in irritation.]

Oh, the impudence of these men!  How my nails ache to get at their ugly faces! [Crossing.]

How often have I told you that this apartment is not a public office?

POTIN.

But, my precious angel—­

NANETTE.

Bah!  Religion is abolished, and angels are suppressed!  I wish friends were too!

POTIN.

[Laughing.]

Talk of the rack!  What is it to a woman’s tongue?

NANETTE.

What know you of a woman’s tongue?

POTIN.

Enough to damn me, if knowledge were a crime.

NANETTE.

[To GOUROC.]

Come, Citizen, there’s no use waiting.  President Kauvar don’t do business at home; you’ve no rights here.

GOUROC.

[Rising sternly.]

The patriot has unlimited rights, woman.  He may dare all—­violate all, in his zeal for the Republic.

NANETTE.

Well, then, dare my dusting.

[Strikes brush into her hand and sends dust all over GOUROC.]

GOUROC.

[Moving off, sputtering.]

Who is this, Citizen Potin?

POTIN.

[Proudly.]

My wife, Citizen Gouroc.

GOUROC.

Who taught her manners?

POTIN.

The Goddess of Liberty, a rough and ready teacher.

GOUROC.

Who teaches with sharp tools.

NANETTE.

Aye—­tools so sharp they often cut the fools that use them.  Mark that.

GOUROC.

[Crossing to DIANE.]

You are the wife of President Kauvar, I suppose?

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