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?