An Unpleasant Comedy in Two Scenes
by Noel Coward
MRS. ROCKETT--his mother-in-law
SCENE I. Morning SCENE II. Evening
The action of the play passes in the sitting-room of the Gows' house in South London.
The time is the present day.
THE GOWS' SITTING-ROOM is indistinguishable from several thousand other suburban sitting-rooms. The dominant note is refinement. There are French windows at the back opening on to a narrow lane of garden. These are veiled discreetly by lace curtains set off by pieces of rather faded blue casement cloth. There is a tiled fireplace on the L.; an upright piano between it and the window; a fumed-oak sideboard on the R. and, below it, a door leading to the hall, the stairs and the front door. There is a fumed-oak dining-room set consisting of a table and six chairs; a sofa; an armchair in front of the fire; and a plentiful sprinkling over the entire room of ornaments and framed photographs.
When the CURTAIN rises it is about eighty-thirty on a spring morning. Rain is trickling down the windows and breakfast is laid on the table.
MRS. ROCKETTis seated in the armchair by the fire; on a small table____________________
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