The Cocktail Party: A Comedy

The Cocktail Party: A Comedy

The Cocktail Party: A Comedy

The Cocktail Party: A Comedy

Excerpt

Act I.

Scene 1

The drawing room of the Chamberlayne's London flat. Early evening. EDWARD CHAMBERLAYNE, JULIA SHUTTLETHWAITE, CELIA COPLESTONE, PETER QUILPE, ALEXANDER MACCOLGIE GIBBS, and an UNIDENTIFIED GUEST.

ALEX You've missed the point completely, Julia:

There were no tigers. That was the point.

JULIA Then what were you doing, up in a tree:

You and the Maharaja?

ALEX My dear Julia!

It's perfectly hopeless. You haven't been listening.

PETER You'll have to tell us all over again, Alex.

ALEX I never tell the same story twice.

JULIA But I'm still waiting to know what happened.

I know it started as a story about tigers.

ALEX I said there were no tigers.

CELIA Oh do stop wrangling,

Both of you. It's your turn, Julia.

Do tell us that story you told the other day, about Lady Klootz and the wedding cake.

PETER And how the butler found her in the pantry, rinsing her mouth out with champagne.

I like that story.

CELIA I love that story.

ALEX I'm never tired of hearing that story.

JULIA Well, you all seem to know it.

CELIA Do we all know it?

But we're never tired of hearing you tell it.

I don't believe everyone here knows it.

[To the UNIDENTIFIED GUEST]

You don't know it, do you?

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