Author: Booth Tarkington
Release Date: August 25, 2004 [EBook #13275]
Character set encoding: ASCII
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THE GIBSON UPRIGHT
ANDREW GIBSON, a piano factory owner
Nora Gorodna, a piano tester and socialist labor organizer
Mr. Mifflin, a socialist journalist
Carter, an elderly factory worker
Frankel, a young Jewish factory worker
Shomberg, a factory worker
Simpson, an elderly factory worker
Salvatore, an Italian factory worker
Riley, a truck driver
Ella, Mr. Gibson’s housemaid
Mrs. Simpson, wife of Simpson
Mrs. Commiskey, wife of a worker (offstage voice)
Polenski, a worker
First wop and second wop, workers
Andrew Gibson’s office in his piano factory where he manufactures “The Gibson Upright.” A very plain interior; pleasant to the eye, yet distinctly an office in a factory, and without luxuries; altogether utilitarian.
Against the wall on our right is a roll-top desk, open, very neat, and in the centre of the writing pad a fresh rose stands in a glass of water. Near by is a long, plain table and upon it a very neat arrangement of correspondence and a couple of ledgers.
Against the walls are a dozen plain cane-seated chairs. Near the centre of the room is a sample of the Gibson upright piano in light wood. There is a large safe, showing the word “Gibson,” and there are filing cases. In the rear wall there is a door with the upper half of opaque glass, which shows “Mr. Gibson” in reverse; and near this door is a water filter upon a stand. In the wall upon our left is a plain wooden door. The rear door opens into the factory; the other into a hall that leads to the street.
Upon the walls are several posters,