If: a play in four acts eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 64 pages of information about If.

What do you say, Miss Clement?

JOHN BEAL

Yes, what do you feel we ought to do?

MIRALDA

Well, perhaps I ought to leave all that to you.

ARCHIE BEAL

O, no.

JOHN BEAL

No, it’s your money.  What do you think we really ought to do?

MIRALDA

Well, of course, I think you ought to kill Hussein.

[John Beal and Archie Beal look at each other a little startled.]

JOHN BEAL

But wouldn’t that—­wouldn’t that be—­murder?

MIRALDA

O, yes, according to the English law.

JOHN BEAL

I see; you mean—­you mean we’re not—­but we are English.

MIRALDA

I mean it wouldn’t be murder—­by your law, unless you made it so.

JOHN BEAL

By my law?

MIRALDA

Yes, if you can interfere with their religion like this, and none of them say a word, why—­you can make any laws you like.

JOHN BEAL

But Hussein is king here; he is Lord of the Pass, and that’s everything here.  I’m nobody.

MIRALDA

O, if you like to be nobody, of course that’s different.

ARCHIE BEAL

I think she means that if Hussein weren’t there there’d be only you.  Of course, I don’t know.  I’ve only just come.

JOHN BEAL

But we can’t kill Hussein!

[Miralda begins to cry.]

O Lord!  Good heavens!  Please, Miss Clement!  I’m awfully sorry if I’ve said anything you didn’t like.  I wouldn’t do that for worlds.  I’m awfully sorry.  It’s a beastly country, I know.  I’m really sorry you came.  I feel it’s all my fault.  I’m really awfully sorry. . .

MIRALDA

Never mind.  Never mind.  I was so helpless, and I asked you to help me.  I never ought to have done it.  I oughtn’t to have spoken to you at all in that train without being introduced; but I was so helpless.  And now, and now, I haven’t a penny in the world, and, O, I don’t know what to do.

ARCHIE BEAL

We’ll do anything for you, Miss Clement.

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